1408 Pair Have Big Eyes

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“1408”) will direct the sub-$20 million drama “Big Eyes” which they penned reports Variety.

The story explores the relationship between painter Margaret Keane and her husband, Walter. Keane made his mark in the late 1950s with stylistic paintings of big-eyed children, mass producing prints sold cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations.

Trouble is he couldn’t paint – instead he passed off his wife’s work as his own, living the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (“Little Miss Sunshine”) will produce. Alexander and Karaszewski also penned such fact-based scripts “Ed Wood,” “Man on the Moon” and “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” Production begins early next year.