Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski negotiated over the life rights with Margaret Keane, and wrote Big Eyes as a spec script. In October 2007, it was announced that development was moving forward with Alexander and Karaszewski directing their script with a budget under-$20 million budget financed by Bureau of Moving Pictures. Kate Hudson and Thomas Haden Church were set to star, and filming was to begin in June 2008, but was pushed back over prospects from a new Screen Actors Guild contract. In September 2010, it was announced that Tim Burton had also become involved as producer for the film. Principal photography was scheduled to start in April 2012, with Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds attached to star. By 2013, Burton had taken over directing duties from Alexander and Kraszewski, and Big Eyes was set up at The Weinstein Company, with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz set to star. Filming began in July 2013. The production's budget was set at $60 million. For purposes of research, Adams consulted with the real-life Margaret Keane who was in her late 80s at the time. According to Adams, Keane was quite overwhelmed by the notion that anybody would actually want to make a film about her life. This is Burton's second biopic. His previous biopic was Ed Wood (1994), which was released 20 years prior to this film. Both films were written by Scott Alexander and Larry Kraszewski.
The film stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The two leads gave terrific performances, with both being antithesis of one another. With Adams playing the vulnerable and meek heroine that was Margaret, and Waltz exhaled the smug, arrogant and manipulative nature of Walter.
Simon says Big Eyes receives:
See my review for Frankenweenie at http://ss-film.blogspot.ca/2012/10/film-review-frankenweenie-2012.html