Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams to star in Tim Burton's next film 'Big Eyes'

They'll play Margaret and Walter Keane, known for her paintings of wide-eyed children

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams to star in Tim Burton's next film 'Big Eyes'

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams are to star in Tim Burton's next film Big Eyes.

According to Deadline, Burton will start shooting the film this summer (2012). Waltz and Adams will play husband and wife Margaret and Walter Keane, whose distinctive paintings of doe-eyed children became a kitsch phenomenon in the '60s.

After the couple split, both parties claimed to be the sole painter of the incredibly popular works and were challenged to prove it in court. Margaret duly produced a painting in her usual style, but Walter claimed he was suffering from shoulder pain and declined.

The film has a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote Burton's 1994 film Ed Wood as well as The People Vs Larry Flynt and Man On The Moon. The project has been in the works for several years and at one point Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds were in the frame to play the Keanes.

Burton's most recent films as director were last year's Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. Christoph Waltz recently won his second Oscar for his performance in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and has shot a cameo appearance in The Muppets... Again!, due next year. Amy Adams will next be seen as Lois Lane in new Superman movie Man Of Steel, which opens in cinemas on June 14.

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