Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz Join ‘Big Eyes’ for Director Tim Burton

The actors replace Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon in this biopic centering on the life of artists Walter and Margaret Keane.

Amy Adams joins Christoph Waltz and director Tim Burton in Big Eyes
Amy Adams joins Christoph Waltz and director Tim Burton in Big Eyes
Tim Burton is attached to direct Big Eyes for The Weinstein Company, with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams attached to star.

Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski were previously attached to direct from their own script before Tim Burton stepped in to direct. We reported last January that Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon were attached to star, but they are no longer a part of the project.

The drama is based on the true story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz), whose paintings of large-eyed children became a cultural sensation in the 1950s and 1960s. Margaret was the true artist, but the marketing wizard Walter became a regular on the talk-show circuit, where he also took credit for the paintings as well. When they split up, a nasty court battle ensued which culminated in a judge ordering both of them to paint right there in the courthouse. While he refused to do so because of a pain in his arm, she quickly crafted another one of her trademark paintings.

Tim Burton will direct from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski's script, with Lynette Howell producing alongside the director and writers. Shooting will begin this summer.

Big Eyes was released December 25th, 2014 and stars Krysten Ritter, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Vanessa Ross, Terence Stamp, Emily Fonda. The film is directed by Tim Burton.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (11)

  1. CelluloidDreams

    ....BTW .....Margaret Keane was a very cool artiest! I lover her work! Spooky at times!

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  2. CelluloidDreams

    Strange casting..I'm in!! .... & Please ...please no Johnny Depp!

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  3. gumperman

    Awesome news! Anything Tim Burton directs I will see, since he is my favorite director. Plus he's collaborating with his ED WOOD screenplay writers again and Amy Adams & Christoph Walz will star! Sounds wonderful and I'm glad he's taking a break from Johnny Depp this time around, even though I love Depp. I would say Helena too, but I'm betting she will be a supporting character in some compacity. Rock on!

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  4. Mka47

    wow, reynolds and witherspoon for waltz and adams? upgrade!

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  5. Titon

    I see Oscar nominations

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag


    This is sounding pretty good.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  7. skywise

    Original! I Like it.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm treading carefully with Burton movies this time around

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. justatadmatt

    This seems very cool. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  10. dcrock

    Well I guess we know how the movie ends now.

    2 years agoby @dcrockFlag

  11. Diaigma

    Adams in a Burton movie? I'm game! :P

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

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