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Julia Roberts will produce and star in Batkid Begins movie

01.23.2015

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Before the documentary BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD premieres at the Slamdance Film Festival this weekend, we have some late breaking news regarding its remake into a feature film. It was announced today that Julia Roberts will produce the film and is also attached to star in the feature remake. The documentary recounts the real-life events that occurred when the city of San Francisco partnered with the Make-a-Wish foundation to grant Miles Scott, a five-year-old with leukemia, the chance to be Batkid.

Here is the documentary’s synopsis:

BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD follows the events leading up to the day Batkid saved San Francisco and what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral. The goal that day was to get a couple hundred people to show up to support Miles Scott and his wish to become Batkid, after battling leukemia for more than half his short life. Instead of a few hundred, 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer Miles on as he saved Gotham.

The documentary’s director, Dana Nachman had this to say about the news:

It’s thrilling to me that Ms. Roberts and her team watched our film and were so moved by it that they want to dedicate their time and creative capital to make sure the widest audience possible will know and love Miles’ story and the spirit of this intimate special event that went global, as much as we do.

It would be a difficult task to fine anyone who hasn’t heard of this story let alone who wasn’t moved by it. I will definitely be checking out this doc as well as the feature film; say what you like about Roberts, but if a certain level of star power is needed for this story to get more people’s attention, then I’m all for it. I won’t be surprised to see more big names becoming attached as this one moves into production. How about a Batman reunion with some actors who have worn the cape?

BATKID BEGINS will have its world premiere this Saturday, January 24 at noon in Park City at Slamdance Film Festival 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Drew Struzan came out of retirement (again) for this BatKid poster.
Source: THR

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