A 2015 Slamdance premiere, “Batkid Begins” is a true life Capracorn tale that pleased Julia Roberts so much that she will play the real-life heroine of Dana Nachman’s documentary, charismatic Make-A-Wish executive Patricia Wilson, a woman to whom few dare say no, in New Line Cinema’s upcoming remake. She masterminded the astonishing San Francisco November 15, 2013 event, attended by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country, to give 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott a chance to save Gotham with Batman at his side. Well over a billion tuned in around the world, including President Obama.
Documentarian Nachman’s movie is as fun as it is heart-tugging, and should do well in theaters. It’s a crowdpleaser well-edited by Kurt Kuenne, a Bay Area filmmaker of “Dear Zachary” fame, who understood that the dynamic duo at the center of the film were the kid and the actor playing Batman. The movie had been seen by a few hundred people at Slamdance in January in Park City, where most of the media attention was focused on Sundance, so the filmmakers were giddy at how well their movie played Cinequest back in February 2015 with a full 1100-seat house.
“Miles is six, just lost his first tooth, is in first grade and is in remission,” Nachman told the crowd after the movie. “He has no idea how big this became and there’s something beautiful about that.”
“It’s a day the internet was nice,” said Wilson. “We’re looking at that engagement piece, where people want to be involved.”