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Tim Burton Will Direct Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in Big Eyes

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Director Tim Burton signs copies of his Exhibition Catalogue And The "Art Of Tim Burton"  at LACMA where his work is currently being exhibited on May 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Tim Burton.

More than a year after casting Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds in what was set to only be a Tim Burton production, Big Eyes has shifted gears. Now Burton will direct, and Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams have taken over the lead roles of Walter and Margaret Keane, a real-life couple whose signature wide-eyed paintings of children became a huge commercial art sensation in the fifties and sixties. "While Walter was the marketing genius, he also took the bows for doing the brush work," Deadline writes. "He was a full fledged celebrity, a regular on the TV talk show circuit. His shy wife was the actual artist in the family." The film will, at some point, feature a courtroom paint-off between Waltz and Adams. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Man on the Moon), Big Eyes is set to begin production this summer.

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