Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is set for a December 25 release, The Weinstein Company revealed today. They’ve also slated their Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game for November 21 and writer/director Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Ribgy for September 26.
Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, the painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art’s first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane’s personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for her works. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area.
Big Eyes goes up against the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Angelina Jolie’s second directorial feature, Unbroken, Cameron Crowe’s untitled next project and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods which stars, among its ensemble cast, Burton regular Johnny Depp.
Director Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard, offers a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
Lastly, The Disappearance of Eleanor Ribgy, which stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, is a love story that explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage, from the different perspective of the husband, (McAvoy), a restaurant owner, and of the wife (Chastain), who goes back to college. The project was originally intended to be two different films (subtitled His and Hers), but it is unclear as to whether or not that remains the case.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Ribgy will open opposite Laika’s latest stop-motion feature The Boxtrolls, the Denzel Washington starrer The Equalizer, the Simon Pegg comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, and Lynn Shelton’s comedy-drama Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz.