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Tim Burton Could Be Back on Track With Artist Biopic 'Big Eyes,' Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 3, 2013 at 1:04PM

Tim Burton is on board to direct his next film, "Big Eyes," which will star Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of big-eyed children were a mass-market phenomenon in the 1950s and '60s. Burton himself uses a similar big, dark-eyed aesthetic in both his animated films and the makeup design in his live-action films.
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Keane Painting

Tim Burton is on board to direct his next film, "Big Eyes," which will star Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of big-eyed children were a mass-market phenomenon in the 1950s and '60s. Burton himself uses a similar big, dark-eyed aesthetic in both his animated films and the makeup design in his live-action films.

One real-life movie moment sure to be included in the film is the Keanes' dramatic showdown in divorce court, when the meek Margaret Keane beat Walter in a judge-ordered paint-off, after being challenged to prove who of the two had the artistic talent (Margaret was the gifted artist, while Walter the outspoken marketing genius).

Tim Burton
Tim Burton

The film is co-penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (who excel at stranger-than-fiction biopics such as "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "Man on the Moon," as well as Burton's "Ed Wood"), and per Deadline, the Weinsteins are currently closing a deal to fund and distribute the project. Production is set to start this summer.

Burton is at a strange point in his career, having neither connected with audiences with 70s retread "Dark Shadows" nor his labor of love "Frankenweenie" in 2012, which was passed over for the animated Oscar for Pixar's "Brave." This could prove the perfect marriage of artist and subject.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.