Tim Burton to Direct Big Eyes With Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

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Tim Burton is taking a step away from the fantastical in his next movie. Breaking with his Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie trend, the director looks to next be tackling Big Eyes about painter Margaret Keane.

Deadline has the news, revealing that Amy Adams is attached to play Margaret while Christoph Waltz will portray her husband Walter. That’s a duo we never would have expected to see together, but they’ll will likely work extremely well in a Burton movie. Neither Adams nor Waltz have worked with Burton.

Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penned the Big Eyes script, which is said to follow the trouble with the Keane’s marriage after Walter tried to claim he was responsible for his wife’s paintings of big-eyed children. As history tells us, Margaret proved herself in court to be the true artist.

Burton was previously only going to produce Big Eyes, and Alexander and Karaszewski were going to direct it. In January 2012 it was announced that Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon would headline the project, so it’s clearly taken a different turn since then. Initially Kate Hudson was attacked to play Margaret when it was announced in 2008.

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