Witherspoon, Reynolds doing Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

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When they next get to escape the fiscally-driven confines of the studio world, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds will swim in the indy “Big Eyes” for directors Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Tim Burton, long interested in bringing this one to fruition, is onboard as producer.

The Hollywood Reporter says of the project :

[it's] based on the true story of Margaret and Walter Keane, whose pop-eyed paintings became a sensation in the 1960s.

The Keanes’ lives were filled with controversy: Though Margaret (who will be played by Witherspoon) was the true talent, Walter (Reynolds) claimed credit for her work, which was sold under his name.

“We are ecstatic to have this dream cast for our dream project,” Alexander and Karaszewski said in a joint statement. “Walter is a larger-than-life antihero — charming, funny, dangerous, and a little crazy. Ryan will knock it out of the park. As for Reese, she will be perfect as Margaret — soulful, decent, transforming from vulnerability to learning to fight for herself.”

Meanwhile both Reynolds and Witherspoon have big studio releases to pimp; Reynolds has “Safe House” and Witherspoon has “This Mean’s War”, both released next month.