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Julia Roberts Will Make Audiences Cry in Doc Remake ‘Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World’

Julia Roberts Will Make Audiences Cry in Doc Remake 'Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World'

New Line Cinema has landed remake and release rights to the documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World,” a true life Capracorn tale that debuted at Slamdance and opened Cinequest, as a vehicle for Julia Roberts, who will produce with Red Om Films partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill. New Line parent Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the doc sometime in 2015.
It makes sense that Roberts would want to play the real-life heroine of Dana Nachman’s documentary “Batkid Begins,” charismatic Make-A-Wish executive Patricia Wilson, a woman to whom few dare say no. 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 at Cinequest 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.” 
The film will be overseen by Michael Disco and Josh Mack at New Line, with Dana Nachman executive producing along with Josh Braun and Dan Braun through their Sub/Version documentary remake label, who weighed several distribution offers. CAA packaged the movie. 

READ: Cinequest at 25, from Batkid Begins to Lady Gaga in Barco Escape

Nachman, whose documentary “Witch Hunt” earned the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Washington DC International Film Festival, is also a producer on “Batkid Begins,” along with Liza Meak.

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