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Mark Newton

Tim Burton has just released the first look at his upcoming biopic/art history film, Big Eyes, and surprisingly, Johnny Depp isn't anywhere in sight.

Burton seems to stepped away from the fantastical in this latest project, which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, and is instead delivering a fairly straight-faced drama involving one of the art world's most unusual legal disputes.

[Big Eyes](movie:910050) tells the tale of art enthusiasts Margaret and Walter Keane, the latter of which rose to prominence for 'his' range of paintings featuring wide-eyed waifs and children. However, soon after their relationship broke down, a dispute arose between the couple when Margaret claimed she was the real artist behind the images. She eventually took Walter to court, where the pair were ordered by the judge to go head-to-head in a 'paint-off' to prove who was the original artist. Check out the images below:

In an interview with USA Today, Amy Adams explained some of her character's motivations as well as the central crux of the dispute between Walter and Margaret:

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.

Despite one critic calling the Big Eyes paintings, “the very definition of tasteless hack work," (I think I have to agree) they became incredibly popular in the early 1960s and sold many copies, also appearing on plates and other merchandise.

Burton himself is reportedly a collector of the pieces and even commissioned Margaret Keane to paint his former fiancee Lisa-Marie.

Currently, Big Eyes is expected to open on Christmas Day 2014.


What do you think about Burton making a straight-faced drama?

Source: IndieWire/SuperRadNow


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