Some would say that director Tim Burton is at a strange low point in his career. His reboot of Dark Shadows failed to connect with critics and audiences, despite the fact that the film starred his muse Johnny Depp. His Oscar-nominated animated feature Frankenweenie was more of a critical success than Dark Shadows, but it failed to connect with audiences. It now seems that Tim Burton is back on track and is prepping his next directorial project.
Deadline reports that Tim Burton is on board to direct Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in the domestic drama Big Eyes. Waltz and Adams are set to portray Walter and Margaret Keane whose paintings of large eyed children were a mass-market phenomenon of the 1950s and 60s. The central focus of the film is going to center on their divorce and the legal battle that ensues. As history proves, Walter tried to take credit for all of the paintings. Margaret Keane, who was the actual artist, was victorious in court after a judge-ordered paint-off between her and Walter.
Big Eyes is co-written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the writers behind biopics such as Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and Man on the Moon. The project has been brewing for over five years now. Over the years, Thomas Haden Church and Kate Hudson were attached to star but dropped out. In 2012, Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon both were attached to the project, with Tim Burton set to only produce the film. Thankfully, Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams are on board. Although I think Tim Burton is a hit-or-miss director, this project seems to be his most promising.
According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company is closing in on a deal to distribute the film. Production on Big Eyes is set to begin this summer.