Tim Burton 'Big Eyes' Movie Tells The Story Of Art Couple Margaret and Walter Keane... And More Arts News

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Tim Burton attends the Portrait Gallery at the 85th Academy Awards - Nominees Lun
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Tim Burton attends the Portrait Gallery at the 85th Academy Awards - Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For

Tim Burton, a filmmaker known for his own brand of ghoulish cartoon characters, is taking on the world of wide-eyed artist, Margaret Keane, in a new movie aptly titled "Big Eyes."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project centers on the life of Mrs. Keane and her wildly ambitious husband, Walter. The two art world hot shots rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s as a result of Margaret's kitschy paintings of doe-eyed children. But the power duo eventually divorced, resulting in a decades-long battle over the artwork created while they were married. Walter, who once likened himself to Rembrandt, claimed he was the mastermind behind the fictional characters, prompting Margaret to challenge her ex to a "paint-off" in court to prove who was the rightful artist. A paint-off did eventually happen and Margaret won, causing Walter to pay out millions in damages (though he never stopped claiming rights to their big-eyed kid paintings).

Burton has been a longtime collector of Margaret's work, and her influence can be seen in a number of his films, including "Beetlejuice" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." So who will join Burton in his sure-to-be-insane Keane vs. Keane project? According to ARTINFO, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds were on board at the beginning but both jumped ship before the movie took off. According to NME, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are now both up for playing the odd art couple.

Ms. Keane has been somewhat of a pop culture darling, serving as the subject of SNL skits, Woody Allen film scenes, and Devo music videos. What do you think of the entertainment industry's love affair with her art?

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