Alexander and Karaszewski will write the film that Burton will direct, with Christopher Meledandri producing alongside Burton. At the same time, when Burton was discussing The Addams Family with Alexander and Karaszewski, they brought up their own new film project Big Eyes, a biopic on artist Margaret Keane, and Burton agreed to come onto that film as a producer. Here's an excerpt from the site's article:
"Both of these projects are based on artwork that Tim absolutely loves. The retrospective in New York of Tim's own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him. We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, and we've come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before."
"It turns out he's a big fan of Margaret and has commissioned artwork from her. We thought the movie would have been made by now, but just when we were ready to go 18 months ago, the indie market fell apart. We'd pulled it together in that equity/presale/rebate game, but the smartest thing we did was to hang on to the script and not sell it. That has allowed us to set the reset button with Tim, and having him helps a tremendous amount with the way the independent film world is right now."
Keane struggled to get credit for her paintings of large-eyed children in the 1950s, with her husband, Walter Keane, marketing the paintings and claiming he created them, while Margaret was painting them all along.