Meledandri scored a $200 million box-office hit this summer with the Illuminatio-produced 3D animated film, Despicable Me. He purchased the rights to the Addams Family earlier this year specifically with Burton in mind to direct. Now Meledandri has writers who have a positive history with Burton and independent success on their own (1408, The People vs. Larry Flynt). During their meeting with Burton, Alexander and Karaszewski showed Burton an original script, Big Eyes, based on the lesser known controversy over the credits for the big-eyed paintings of children that were extremely popular in the 1960s. Walter Keane initially took credit for the paintings, but it was his painter-wife, Margaret, who, after accusations of mental illness and a prolonged legal battle, gained final credit for the paintings.
Burton has only signed on as a producer and not as a director for the Big Eyes screenplay. That might disappoint some of Keane's fans, but most readers of this site will be (if they aren't already) interested in Burton's stop-motion animated take on The Addams Family (I know I am). Burton's Gothic sensibilities seem like a good, maybe even a perfect, match for Addams' darkly humorous material. With established writers working on the screenplay and adequate funding (stop-motion animation is both labor- and time-intensive, not to mention expensive), Burton's fans could be in for a macabre treat.
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