Tim Burton is taking a step away from the fantastical and returning to the world of the biopic he’s handled so well in the likes of Ed Wood. The film is Big Eyes, and now USA Today has debuted the first pics from the film.
The images feature Amy Adams as artist Margaret Keane, with Christoph Waltz as her husband, Walter (who are certainly a different pairing from Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds, who were eyed for the film before Burton decided to direct).
The film follows Margaret, whose paintings of large-eyed children were massively popular in the 1950s and 1960s. However initially Walter claimed he was behind the paintings. After the two fell out, she announced to the world that she was the true artist behind all the big-eyed paintings, and that the rather pompous and self-obsessed Walter (who spoke about himself in the third person and compared himself to Rembrandt and El Greco) stole all the credit for her work.
It set off a long running dispute between the two which ended in court battles, and a rather dramatic moment in court where the judge asked both to do some painting. Walter refused to do so because of a pain in his arm, but Margaret quickly crafted one of her trademark paintings.
Terence Stamp, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman. The movie is heading for a Christmas US release.