Julia Roberts Signs On to Make ‘Batkid’ Movie

by Meredith B. Kile 7:37 PM PST, January 23, 2015
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After saving San Francisco, Batkid is now getting the Hollywood treatment.

It was announced Friday that Julia Roberts and her production company Red Om Films are officially attached to the remake rights for documentary film Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World.

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Batkid Begins tells the story of Miles, a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia and, through the Make-A-Wish foundation, realized his dream of becoming Batman for a day. The entire city of San Francisco pitched in and over 25,000 residents turned out to watch Miles stop a bank heist, take down notorious villains The Penguin and The Joker, and make a special visit to AT&T Park, all while accompanied by the Caped Crusader himself.

The feel-good phenomenon went worldwide, thanks to over 2 billion social media users posting pictures, videos and tweets from the event.

#SFBatKid saves the day!

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"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," says the documentary’s director Dana Nachman, who will serve as an executive producer on the remake.

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The documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World premieres Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Slamdance Film Festival. Check out the trailer below.