Submarine announced today that Julia Roberts is attached to the remake rights to the new documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World” ahead of the film’s Slamdance Film Festival premiere this weekend. Roberts will produce with partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner, and is also attached to star.
Directed by Dana Nachman, “Batkid Begins” tells the real-life story about how a Make-A-Wish event for Miles, a five-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia, turned him into an international sensation when he asked to be Batman for a day. Over 25,000 San Franciscans participated, with a social media audience exceeding two billion worldwide.
Nachman will executive produce the feature remake, along with Josh and Dan Braun of Submarine under the company’s newly launched specialty arm Sub/Version, which focuses on the sale of remake and narrative adaptation rights.
“Batkid Begins” will world premiere this Saturday, January 24 at noon at Slamdance in Park City, where Sub/Version will seek distributors.
Last year, we talked to Christian Bale about the Batkid phenomenon in our interview.