Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
International Trailer For John Woo's The Crossing Debuts
Take your first look at what could be the Chinese Titanic
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
19 September 2014
Fox Announces Deadpool Movie For 2016
Tim Miller still attached to direct
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Tarzan
01 June 2016
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
25 March 2016
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Devil's Knot (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Zero Theorem (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Her (2014)
Empire Star Rating
American Hustle (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Tim Burton Directing Big Eyes
Christoph Waltz & Amy Adams will star

03 April 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Tim Burton at the Empire Awards 2012

The wheel turns once more for Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander’s long-gestating script Big Eyes. After several attempts, the film may now actually get made with Tim Burton directing Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.

Big Eyes, which the writers scripted years ago, chronicles the story of Walter and Margaret Keane who became known in the 1950s and '60s for crafting one of the first mass-marketed art sensations via slightly creepy paintings of large-eyed people. The works were sold in petrol stations and small stores around the country.

Well, more accurately, Walter became known for the paintings, as he parlayed his claims that he created them into TV talk-show stardom. But in reality, it was Margaret who did the work. When the couple split and she tried to get her share of the profits, he painted her (not literally this time) as an eccentric and the whole argument went to court. The judge solved the matter by having two easels brought into the courtroom and ordering the pair to get painting. Walter claimed he had a sore arm while Margaret produced an example of her art and ultimately won the case.

Karaszewski and Alexander have been trying to get this one on its feet for ages, looking to direct it themselves and most recently hiring Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds for the leads. Burton was attached then, albeit only as a producer, but now he’s in the big chair with The Weinstein Company making a deal to finance and distribute the results. It might not be quite the way the writers wanted it to work, but at least it’ll finally reach screens.

Burton, who worked with the pair on Ed Wood, most recently brought us Frankenweenie. He’s also developing a new take on Pinocchio and an adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Grown Ups 2 Now Has A Trailer
Which means it definitely exists...
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

RE: About Time!
This actually sounds refreshingly original and hopefully Burton (finally) pulls it off. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 14:35 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

About Time!
Tim Burton doing something original?! FINALLY!!!! About time he got out his comfort zone. His movies and collaborations with Johnny Depp had become tired, stale and boring. More

Posted by arkhams_finest at 12:26 on 03 April 2013 | Report This Post

Hopefully...
... Mr. Burton won't give his old chum Johnny D. a ring this time. This relationship is in need of some off-time. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 10:01 on 03 April 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Gone Girl Review
Our official verdict on David Fincher's adaptation of the best-selling novel

The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)