Julia Roberts to Produce and Star in 'Batkid' Movie

Julia Roberts
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The film is set to be a remake of the documentary, 'Batkid Begins,' which is set to premiere at Slamdance Film Festival.

Julia Roberts is attached to produce and star in a movie based on the real-life Batkid story, sales agency Submarine said on Friday.

The film is set to be a remake of the documentary, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, which is set to premiere at Slamdance Film Festival on Jan. 24.

The documentary recounts the real-life events that occurred when the city of San Francisco partnered with the Make-a-Wish foundation to grant Miles Scott, a five-year-old with leukemia, the chance to be Batkid. The city, along with President Obama, who filmed a message of support, and much of the media, helped realize the wish on Nov. 15, 2013. 

"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," read a statement from Dana Nachman, who directed the documentary and will exec produce the new film.

CAA negotiated the deal with Submarine label Sub/Version. 

Roberts will produce along with Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill, of the actress' Red Om Films.

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