Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz won no shortage of admirers in 2012 following their memorable supporting roles in The Master and Django Unchained, and they have now been recruited to see things through director Tim Burton’s outre eyes in his biopic of artists Walter and Margaret Keane, Deadline have reported.
The casting coup certainly reflects a promising start to the project, which Burton will hope signals a return to consistency à la 1985-1994 in light of his recent mixed bag of results which, in 2012, saw the disappointment of Dark Shadows followed by the encouragement of Frankenweenie.
The source characters of Big Eyes provide the dark quirkiness Burton invariably embraces, as Walter Keane rose to fame in the 1950s for his wife’s paintings of, literally, wide-eyed children, by selling them with his signature. This prompted Margaret to file a lawsuit against him, leading to a turbulent divorce battle.
The return to the biopic genre will excite fans of Burton’s Ed Wood (1994), his ironically acclaimed account of Edward Davis Wood Jr.’s filmmaking career which earned him the lamentable title of ‘Worst Director of All Time’. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, writers of Burton’s homage to the cult figure, have also penned the script for the Keanes’ story.
Adams recently assumed the role Lois Lane in Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot of the Superman series, a franchise Burton himself was once signed on to reinvigorate, after supporting turns in On the Road and Trouble with the Curve (both 2012), as well as her Oscar-nominated performance as Peggy Dodd in the aforementioned The Master.
Hold the Daily Planet, though, as Waltz also has big plans for 2013, starring in Chris Wedge’s animated adventure Epic, and Terry Gilliam’s science-fiction film The Zero Theorem, following his Oscar-winning outing as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained.
With The Weinstein Company finalising a funding and distribution deal, followers of Burton’s career will be eager to see if Big Eyes can form the cornea-stone of his return to the dizzying heights of his early filmography.
How do you see the story of Walter and Margaret Keane marrying up to Burton’s style? What aspects of his style do you hope to see present in this project? And what does this casting news suggest about the direction the project is taking? Leave your comments below.