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.