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Tim Burton to Direct Amy Adams/Christoph Waltz in "Big Eyes"

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http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/tim...hing-brush-strokes-on-deal-for-painting-saga/
Tim Burton To Direct ‘Big Eyes’; The Weinstein Company Putting Finishing Brush Strokes On Deal For Painting Saga
By MIKE FLEMING JR

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Burton will direct Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in Big Eyes, the film that Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski scripted. At the same time, The Weinstein Company is closing a deal to fund and distribute. This is a major development on a project that has followed a long development track. Of all the development projects I’ve written about over the years, this is my favorite that has not yet gotten made. And the casting seems so promising.

Waltz, who’s coming off another Oscar turn in Django Unchained, and Adams, nominated for The Master, will play Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of large eyed children became one of the first mass marketed art sensations in the 50s and 60s. Those prints sold in gas stations and every five and dime store across the country. While Walter was the marketing genius, he also took the bows for doing the brush work. He was a full fledged celebrity, a regular on the TV talk show circuit. His shy wife was the actual artist in the family. When they split and she tried to get her due, he painted her as being eccentric, and they ended up in court. There, a judge finally provided them with two easels and ordered them to prove it. Walter’s art reputation went down on the canvas when he begged off because of what he said was pain in his arm. She whipped up one of her trademark big-eyed works.

The screenwriters, Alexander and Karaszewski, worked with Burton previously on Ed Wood, and they wrote many other films including The People Vs. Larry Flynt. They’ve been pushing this one up the hill for years, with various filmmakers and casts. Most recently, they had intended to direct the film, and had Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds lined up as the leads. At that time, Burton was lined up as a producer, but now he has taken the directing reins.

TWC’s Harvey Weinstein and his team led by David Glasser are closing up on the deal as we speak. In the current configuration, the film will be produced by Alexander and Karaszewski with Electric City Entertainment’s Lynette Howell. Burton’s repped by WME, Waltz by ICM Partners, Adams by WME and Brillstein, Alexander and Karaszewski by CAA.
Great leads + story that sounds like HUGE departure from Burton's recent work???...
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This sounds too good to be true. I bet Waltz and Adams drop out and Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter take their places. :o
 
I think at a certain point, Depp and HBC have to be like "Tim... it's okay. You can see other people. It's not cheating."
 
This sounds too good to be true. I bet Waltz and Adams drop out and Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter take their places. :o

There's more than two roles in this film i'm sure, there is still room for them :o
 
Even if there is room for them, Waltz and Adams pretty clearly seem to be the leads.
 
I'm very excited about this. The project has been around for a while, and Burton was originally signed on as producer, but I'm glad to see he'll be directing. He's at his best when he makes smaller, character-driven movies.
 
Burton, Christoph, and Amy?! Wow.... :bow:
 
Wow this sounds awesome, I hope nothing changes and this happens exactly as stated above. This might be the film to bring Burton back to his Big Fish styled way of making films, and get him away from the franchises.
 
Cool. It'll be interesting to see him do a small story again.
 
What a great cast.

Nothing against Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds, but this is an improvement. Which is sad to see Reese and Ryan becoming stagnant in their careers. They need to pull a Matthee McConenghy to reboot their careers; they're not old!
 
Nothing against Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds, but this is an improvement. Which is sad to see Reese and Ryan becoming stagnant in their careers. They need to pull a Matthee McConenghy to reboot their careers; they're not old!

Well didn't Reese have another kid not too long ago? That's why she hasn't been around lately. As for Reynolds, Green Lantern didn't do him any favors. :o
 
What a great cast.

Nothing against Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds, but this is an improvement. Which is sad to see Reese and Ryan becoming stagnant in their careers. They need to pull a Matthee McConenghy to reboot their careers; they're not old!

Witherspoon is an untalented celebrity who wishes she was as good as Adams. In fact, she's working on a romantic comedy right now. She's done for.
 
Good news. Burton casting completely different leads will automatically make this movie better than any other he's made since Big Fish.:up:
 
Finally a Tim Burton project that I can look forward to.
 
Waiting for the inevitable "Adams, Waltz out, Depp, Bonham-Carter in" press release.
 
Good news. Burton casting completely different leads will automatically make this movie better than any other he's made since Big Fish.:up:

Well, Sweeney Todd is a masterpiece.

Still, I agree. The plot alone sounds closer to Big Fish and Ed Wood. And given three out of Burton's last four films? That is good news.
 
Waiting for the inevitable "Adams, Waltz out, Depp, Bonham-Carter in" press release.

It's so gonna happen. :oldrazz:

On a serious note, I'm very excited with this.
 
Witherspoon is an untalented celebrity who wishes she was as good as Adams. In fact, she's working on a romantic comedy right now. She's done for.

Witherspoon is actually very talented with the right project, the woman didn't win an oscar for nothing.
 
Witherspoon is actually very talented with the right project, the woman didn't win an oscar for nothing.

Her co-star in the film she won for was more deserving.

That said, she's definitely no hack. Just needs a new agent, I think.
 
Solid leads and the story is appealing to me. Definitely looking forward to this one :woot:
 
I like Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, I'll defend them (to a point - they're not great, but they're not junk either), and I'm the one person who doesn't complain that he keeps working with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter - but I am really excited to hear about a Burton project that isn't a beloved property or franchise. This sounds great - strange, yet more grounded than usual for him. It sounds both right for him and out of his wheelhouse. Plus, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, and the writers of Ed Wood? Can't wait.
 
How on earth did I miss this announcement??!! :wow:

Consider me super excited for this one...

- Burton
- Adams
- Waltz
- The writers of Ed Wood (Arguguably one of Tim's best movies?)

Sounds amazing. Just cast Michelle Pfeiffer in a supporting role again Burton and there will be nobody more excited for this project than me.
 
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Excellent to have 'Waltz to the death' :oldrazz: in this movie. One of my favourite actors. I like Burton. Add Adams into that mix and this is unmissable.

Just cast Michelle Pfeiffer in a supporting rolse again Burton and there will be nobody more excited for this project than me.
I'd definitely like to see her pop up in another Burton flick.
 

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