It’s no surprise that Tim Burton hasn’t been on his A game while making films over the last decade or so. His last courageous vision for us was Big Fish, which was released in 2003. For all the wondrous visions he created, Burton managed to tarnish his comeback with the horrible received Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and of course Alice in Wonderland, which didn’t seem to impress many people.
Once Burton released Dark Shadows, it was obvious to fans and critics alike that the once unmatched teaming between Burton and Johnny Depp needed to take a breather for awhile, so they could save each other’s careers. It seems like Burton has taken that advice for his next big production Big Eyes.
Many are stating that Big Eyes will be Burton’s huge return to his former glory days of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands fare, as he gets ready to make his first film without star and friend Johnny Depp. Coincidentally the last film Burton made without Depp was the critically acclaimed aforementioned Big Fish.
For Big Eyes, Burton will work with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. These two may just help Burton recapture the magic he once had as both are known for their versatile style of acting. Waltz won his second Oscar for Supporting Actor for his efforts in Django Unchained, while Adams has been nominated plenty of times, and seems to be just one film away from really having a great chance of taking home her statue.
Added to the cast is Jason Schwartzman, who seems to be a great fit for Tim Burton’s eccentric style. Schwartzman will be a San Francisco art gallery owner in the comedic drama. Along with Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter was also announced as part of the supporting cast. Big Eyes is written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, and follows the true story of a married couple Walter and Margaret Keane. The two went on to become art world phenomenons in the 1950s and 1960s because of their paintings of children with large-eyes. The film will cover their rise to fame and their legal battle that followed upon their split.
Are you excited to see what Tim Burton comes up with in Big Eyes?