With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now. We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony. Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race. After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.
Production is underway on Tim Burton‘s Big Eyes, and the first set photo has quickly leaked. The film’s story focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings. Burton has taken a lot of flack over recent years for work that has become self-parody, and that criticism is well deserved. But he’s shown his talent in the past, and a script from Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski could provide Burton with a return to some of his better work. It also helps that, aside from the animated Frankenweenie, this will be Burton’s first movie without Johnny Depp in almost a decade, so that tiresome pairing can be put aside for the time being. Whether we’ll see any of Burton’s overly familiar set designs on Big Eyes remains to be seen.
Hit the jump to check out the first set photo from the movie. The film also stars Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp.
Here is your latest casting information:
- Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) is in final negotiations to play the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, based on a true story of the suicide of a reporter investigating the CIA.
- Terence Stamp (Wanted) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, based on the lives of painters Margaret and Walter Keane, played by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
- Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) will play two members of the historic Boston Bruins hockey team in writer-director Doug Atchison’s Turk.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening. First up, Helena Bonham Carter has been tapped to play the fairy godmother in Disney’s Cinderella redo, directed by Kenneth Branagh. The godmother will have an expanded role in Branagh’s take on the story, as Carter will also appear as an elderly woman before she surprises the titular Cinderella and reveals herself to be the wish-granting fairy. Lily James (Downton Abbey) won the lead role in the film, and she’ll star opposite Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as the Prince and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother. Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Holliday Granger (The Borgias) are in talks to play the nasty stepsisters. This marks Carter’s third time working with Disney, having starred in the studio’s Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming The Lone Ranger.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning Tim Burton’s next film and the villain in Dwayne Johnson’s passion project.
Two veteran directors have added a couple of very talented actors to their next films. First up, Jason Schwartzman has signed on to star alongside Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, and Krysten Ritter in director Tim Burton’s true story Big Eyes. The story focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Adams) and Walter (Waltz) Keane. Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.
It’s refreshing to see Burton stepping out of his comfort zone casting-wise with this film, as Schwartzman makes yet another Burton-newbie added to the cast. The Wrap reports that the actor will play a San Francisco art gallery owner named Ruben in the film. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Ron Howard’s next film.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
- Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) is in negotiations to join Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett.
- Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) has landed a starring role in the indie picture The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Comedian T.J. Miller (She’s Out of My League) is set to join Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 as a pal of star Mark Wahlberg’s character.
- Joel McHale (Community) will take a dramatic turn in the supernatural thriller Beware the Night, starring Eric Bana and directed by Scott Derrickson.
- Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is in talks to join Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, the comedic drama based on the relationship between Walter and Margaret Keane.
- Katharine McPhee (Smash) is set to star in the Paul Tamasy-directed thriller Depravity, scripted by Dennis Lehane.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Director Tim Burton’s long-developing biopic Big Eyes is finally moving forward. The filmmaker first became attached to the pic back in 2010, when he sparked to a script by Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski that he intended to produce. The film’s story focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret and Walter Keane. Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.
Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon became attached to play the couple early last year, but now a different promising duo of actors will be bringing The Keanes to life on the big screen with Burton in the director’s chair, as Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams have signed on to topline the pic. Hit the jump for more.
The black and white, stop-motion animated 3D film Frankenweenie, from director Tim Burton and based on the ideas in his 1984 live-action short, is a heart-warming tale about a boy and his beloved dog. After unexpectedly losing Sparky, young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) sews him back together and harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life, but quickly faces unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences for his actions. The voice cast also includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer and Winona Ryder.
During an early press day for the film, in which we got the chance to preview nearly 30 minutes of the film, director/producer Tim Burton talked about expanding the original story from his short, where the idea originally came from, casting actors that he hadn’t worked with in a while to voice some of the characters, how the stop-motion medium has changed over the years, his hope that younger audiences will want to explore the monsters that he’s paying tribute to in the film, and post-converting to 3D. He also talked about the fact that Seth Grahame-Smith is working on writing Beetlejuice 2 and that he might be interested in getting involved depending on what he thinks of the script, the rumor about him doing a Pinocchio movie with Robert Downey Jr., and that Big Eyes is in the works, but that you never know what will be ready to go next. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Doing early press for the black and white, stop-motion animated 3D film Frankenweenie, due out on October 5th, questions for director Tim Burton naturally turned to what he might decide to focus on next. While we will post that portion of the interview on May 9th, I can say that the nearly 30 minutes of footage that we saw was as adorable, twisted and witty as you would expect, and I can’t wait to see the full-length feature.
When asked about whether or not he’s started to think about what his next film will be, Burton said that he’s going to take a break because he thinks it’s embarrassing that he has three movies coming out this year. He also talked about the fact that Seth Grahame-Smith is working on writing Beetlejuice 2, and that he might be interested in getting involved depending on what he thinks of the script, and that Big Eyes is in the works, but that you never know what will be ready to go next. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski first pitched the biopic Big Eyes to their Ed Wood director Tim Burton in August 2010. We haven’t heard much about the project since then, but there was a big development today. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds are now attached to play Margaret and Walter Keane in the indie drama. Walter became famous for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.
Alexander and Karaszewski will direct Big Eyes, their fourth biopic script following Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flint, and Man on the Moon. Burton is producing. The trio is also working on a new version of The Addams Family. Filming is scheduled for this spring. Hit the jump for more on the story of the Keanes.
Tim Burton’s tendency to work with the same collaborators has long been acknowledged (and viciously lampooned), though this is one relationship that the director hasn’t tapped in a while. The screenwriting team of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penned 1994s Ed Wood, which many (er, this writer) would argue serves as Burton’s directorial peak. It appears that Burton is keen to get the band back together, for a pair of projects.
The first is a 3D stop-motion adaptation of The Addams Family. Burton has been attached to direct for months now: Alexander and Karaszewski have now signed on as the primary scribes. Karaszewski promises, “We’ve come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before… We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings.” Hit the jump for details on the second project, Big Eyes, based on the artistic struggles of Margaret Keane.