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Burton gets Big Eyes

April 4th, 2013 by Marc Comments

It looks like Tim Burton may be setting his eye on a story more reality based than the majority of his work. And we’re oddly excited.

Big Eyes will star Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Margaret and Walter Keane, a real life couple whose large eyed children paintings (below) became a sensation in the 1950s and 60s.

The drama will be set during the time when Walter claimed to be the artist while his wife, shy to a fault, was afraid to be in the spotlight. Problems arose when the couple separated and the wife laid claim to her work. And earnings.

Ultimately a judge ordered the couple to paint a picture in the courthouse. Walter, claiming a sore arm, was unable to, while Margaret’s work was instantly recognisable. Walter’s reputation was almost instantly ruined.

We think this could be a great creative project for Burton as Ed Wood, based in real life, remains his best movie, so to see him winding it back in a bit should be a refreshing change.

The movie, according to deadline, will film based on a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, writers of Ed Wood, and will be financied and distributed by The Weinstein Company.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….