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Tim Burton will bring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz together for Big Eyes

04.02.2013

How are we feeling about Tim Burton after FRANKENWEENIE and DARK SHADOWS? Personally, I grew up with the guy. His films sort of shaped my life, and therefore have a special place in my heart. While I may not love everything he's done, I do look forward to potential projects that might be on his plate.

Burton has signed on to direct the long gestating project, BIG EYES which is scripted by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (ED WOOD, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT). Now let's top that off by casting Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in the leading roles. Yes, yes, this does indeed sound quite promising.

The story here is actually a true one, which will focus on Adams and Waltz as, "Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of large eyed children became one of the first mass marketed art sensations in the 50s and 60s. Those prints sold in gas stations and every five and dime store across the country. While Walter was the marketing genius, he also took the bows for doing the brush work. He was a full fledged celebrity, a regular on the TV talk show circuit. His shy wife was the actual artist in the family. When they split and she tried to get her due, he painted her as being eccentric, and they ended up in court. There, a judge finally provided them with two easels and ordered them to prove it. Walter’s art reputation went down on the canvas when he begged off because of what he said was pain in his arm. She whipped up one of her trademark big-eyed works. I've included one of Margaret's paintings below.

It seems that the stars have aligned with this one. Let's hope it all works out.

Source: Deadline

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4:31PM on 04/03/2013

This is great news

I agree with what most people have said here. I love the guy's movies and even though he has dropped the beat a few times Beetlejuice will always be one of the movies that rekindled my enthusiasm for films at a time when Hollywood was a little stagnant.
He excels at this type of more personal low key project so I look forward to this.
I agree with what most people have said here. I love the guy's movies and even though he has dropped the beat a few times Beetlejuice will always be one of the movies that rekindled my enthusiasm for films at a time when Hollywood was a little stagnant.
He excels at this type of more personal low key project so I look forward to this.
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2:57PM on 04/03/2013

Nice!

LOVE Tim Burton!!!! Even though Dark Shadows had a lot of problems, I still really liked it a lot. And Frankenweenie was wonderful. Glad to see he's getting back to what seems to be an Ed Wood style movie...and I am happy to hear that Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are not involved (yet). I like em, but Burton tends to overuse them. Adams and Waltz are going to be great together.
LOVE Tim Burton!!!! Even though Dark Shadows had a lot of problems, I still really liked it a lot. And Frankenweenie was wonderful. Glad to see he's getting back to what seems to be an Ed Wood style movie...and I am happy to hear that Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are not involved (yet). I like em, but Burton tends to overuse them. Adams and Waltz are going to be great together.
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1:30PM on 04/03/2013
I really think the badness of Tim Burton's recent films has been exaggerated...sure, Alice was terrible (and I'm sure Dark Shadows was too, but I haven't seen it yet) but that's the only film of his I've really hated since 2001. So I guess I really have no reason NOT to be excited for this, especially when you have Burton working with Waltz and Adams. That just sounds too cool for me to not want to see it, you know?
I really think the badness of Tim Burton's recent films has been exaggerated...sure, Alice was terrible (and I'm sure Dark Shadows was too, but I haven't seen it yet) but that's the only film of his I've really hated since 2001. So I guess I really have no reason NOT to be excited for this, especially when you have Burton working with Waltz and Adams. That just sounds too cool for me to not want to see it, you know?
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12:43PM on 04/03/2013

Nice!

I don't see this being a box-office bonanza like Alice, but maybe this could be a return to form for Burton, if he chooses to do so. He's really fallen off since Sweeney Todd, which I think was his last good film. And I'm excited for Waltz getting to work with so many intriguing actors (Polanski, Gondry, Gilliam among them), even if not every film is a smash. I look forward to seeing how this pans out-I really hope this is a good one.
I don't see this being a box-office bonanza like Alice, but maybe this could be a return to form for Burton, if he chooses to do so. He's really fallen off since Sweeney Todd, which I think was his last good film. And I'm excited for Waltz getting to work with so many intriguing actors (Polanski, Gondry, Gilliam among them), even if not every film is a smash. I look forward to seeing how this pans out-I really hope this is a good one.
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10:52AM on 04/03/2013
Now THIS is the stuff I feel modern Burton should stick to. This intrigues me!
Now THIS is the stuff I feel modern Burton should stick to. This intrigues me!
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10:47AM on 04/03/2013
This is the most intriguing project from Burton since Big Fish.
This is the most intriguing project from Burton since Big Fish.
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4:03AM on 04/03/2013
Boy, that painting is plenty creepy. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have a better track record than a writer like Seth Grahame-Smith, so hopefully this will be a return to form for Burton.
Boy, that painting is plenty creepy. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have a better track record than a writer like Seth Grahame-Smith, so hopefully this will be a return to form for Burton.
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12:21AM on 04/03/2013

Thank goodness

Glad Burton is getting out of his comfort zone a little bit.
Glad Burton is getting out of his comfort zone a little bit.
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11:41PM on 04/02/2013

Awesome

He needs this. Can't wait to check it out.
He needs this. Can't wait to check it out.
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10:59PM on 04/02/2013
This is the first time I've been excited for a Tim Burton film in a long while.
This is the first time I've been excited for a Tim Burton film in a long while.
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10:32PM on 04/02/2013
After so many years of watching Burton work with the same three actors there's something that makes so much amazing sense to see him work with Christoph Waltz & Amy Adams.

Definitely sounds like they're going with an Ed Wood feel for this one. And thats by far my favorite Burton film so big ups.
After so many years of watching Burton work with the same three actors there's something that makes so much amazing sense to see him work with Christoph Waltz & Amy Adams.

Definitely sounds like they're going with an Ed Wood feel for this one. And thats by far my favorite Burton film so big ups.
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10:26PM on 04/02/2013

Sounds good to me.

Finally, after the dreadful Dark Shadows and hearing so much about his plans to direct most adaptations of weird shit, we finally get his next project. and it sounds great. With Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz to boot.
Finally, after the dreadful Dark Shadows and hearing so much about his plans to direct most adaptations of weird shit, we finally get his next project. and it sounds great. With Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz to boot.
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8:25AM on 04/03/2013
I actually thought dark shadows was good. He squandered any goodwill he had left leading up to that movie, that it failed pretty hard at the box office.
I actually thought dark shadows was good. He squandered any goodwill he had left leading up to that movie, that it failed pretty hard at the box office.
10:53AM on 04/03/2013
Yep. I'm also on the Dark Shadows wasn't that bad bandwagon. Flawed but I still enjoyed it.
Yep. I'm also on the Dark Shadows wasn't that bad bandwagon. Flawed but I still enjoyed it.
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