The formerly Tim Burton-produced Big Eyes now also has Tim Burton as its director, as having a screenplay from Ed Wood’s Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and a title similar to Big Fish has apparently convinced Burton it’s close enough to a rehash for him to direct. That’s not the only change in personnel: Formerly attached stars Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds have been jettisoned in favor of the more Burton-ly unusual Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, who will take on the roles of kitsch art icons Margaret and Walter Keane when the film shoots this summer. As we previously reported, the film tells the story of how the shy Margaret’s popular paintings of children helped a nation seek refuge from the social upheavals of the ’60s by diving into the eerily still pools of their saucer eyes—only to have Walter steal all the credit. As with the Keane’s divorce, the film will culminate in a climactic courtroom painting contest. Unlike your own divorce, the judge will have requested it.
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