CATEGORIES Movie NewsHave you ever seen those eerie paintings of children with enormous, sad eyes? They're often collected by people with a taste for kitsch and/or creeping out their guests. Ever wondered about the artist behind them? It's Margaret Keane, and soon you'll know everything you ever wanted to know her and her husband Walter thanks to a new Tim Burton movie in development, appropriately titled "Big Eyes."
Burton is directing a script by screenwriting duo Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, who worked with Burton on his wonderful "Ed Wood." Their other projects run the gamut from the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon" to "The People vs. Larry Flynt" to ... "Agent Cody Banks." "Big Eyes" is all about the aftermath of Walter and Margaret's divorce and eventual lawsuit over who was the real painter behind the incredibly successful works.
Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams are in talks to star, which would be a refreshing change for Burton and his ongoing bromance with Johnny Depp -- a relationship that some say has worked to the duo's detriment. Waltz has won two Oscars for his work in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained," but hasn't really broken out in the United States other than that. Adams, of course, is a multiple Oscar nominee with an incredible range; she stole "The Master" out from under Philip Seymour Hoffman, led "The Muppets" to success, and sang her heart out as the starry-eyed princess in "Enchanted." Her next film is "Man of Steel," where she's starring as Lois Lane alongside Henry Cavill's Superman.
Tim Burton's animated feature "Frankenweenie" snagged an Oscar nomination, but even the most stalwart Burton fans have noticed his stumbles with "Dark Shadows" and "Alice in Wonderland." Will "Big Eyes" refresh Burton's career?