EXCLUSIVE: A few weeks ago, I reported that The Weinstein Co. would screen footage of its upcoming fall films at a special event in Cannes. Further ramping up the company’s use of the festival and market as a platform, I’ve learned it will also roll out a red carpet for a project that’s in pre-production: the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes. Burton will come to town and be joined by star Christoph Waltz – a Cannes jury member this year – for a round-table brunch to discuss the film that starts shooting in two months. International interest is high and I hear multiple offers are pending. Waltz and Amy Adams star in the Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski scripted story of Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of large eyed children were one of the first mass-marketed art sensations in the 50s and 60s. Walter became a full-fledged celebrity, but his shy wife was the actual artist. When they split, she tried to get her due and a long legal battle ensued until they were ordered to a courtroom paint-off.
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