Julia Roberts to Produce & Star in Adaptation of 'Batkid Begins' Doc
by Ethan Anderton
January 23, 2015
While we're covering the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, there's also the smaller Slamdance Film Festival going on nearby, and that's where a documentary is screening called Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. The film tells the story of the event gone viral where San Francisco pulled out all the stops to put together a Make-A-Wish event for a five-year old boy named Miles who was diagnosed with leukemia. His wish through the charity was to be Batman for a day, and the city's law enforcement and over 25,000 citizens helped create the citywide spectacle that will now also be the basis of a drama. Read on!
Today Submarine, the company behind the documentary, announced that Julia Roberts is attached to produce and star in the narrative adaptation of the documentary. Batkid Begins director Dana Nachman will executive produce the film along with Submarine's Josh & Dan Braun. Nachman says:
“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 was Roberts' agency that brought the project to the actress, and she was apparently moved enough to board the project. Honestly, I'm not sure this is the type of story that really needs to be old in a narrative form after having the documentary produced, but considering the viral nature of the story, which reached billions, there's certainly wide appeal, especially with Roberts attached. In the meantime, the original Batkid Begins documentary premieres January 24th at Slamdance, but it hasn't been picked up for distribution yet.