Thanks to USA Today we have our first look at Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton's upcoming film project Big Eyes.
The film is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), "who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane's were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions."
Waltz said in an interview:
I remember the pictures from the 1960s, they were everywhere. We train ourselves to look for drama, to go for conflict because those are the stories worth telling. It would be expected that this (situation) too would be something extraordinary.
"Margaret really believed that as a woman, people would not buy her art. Walter convinced her the life they were able to lead was because the artist was a man, who could sell more art at a higher price than a woman. This all seems so theatrical, like something you would design for a film. But that actually happened. Living the lie was something that weighed heavy on Margaret. But she won her name back."
As a fan of Burton's film work, I'm really looking forward to seeing him take on such a different project. This has the potential to be a great movie, like most of his earlier work. The movie also stars Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp. It's set to be released in theaters on December 25th.