Batkid Begins is getting a summer release date and a shortened title.
Dana Nachman‘s documentary about young cancer survivor Miles Scott and how his Make-a-Wish event took San Francisco and the nation by storm will hit theaters June 26. It was previously titled Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World.
New Line picked up worldwide distribution rights to the doc last month, as well as narrative remake rights, which pertain to a project being developed by Julia Roberts. Roberts will star and produce with her Red Om Films partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres. Nachman will executive produce along with Josh Braun and Dan Braun through their Sub/Version documentary remake label.
The documentary premiered at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, where it caught the eye of New Line’s Carolyn Blackwood, Michael Disco and Josh Mack. Disco and Mack will oversee the narrative feature for the company.
Scott was a boy fighting leukemia who had one wish: to be a sidekick to Batman named Batkid. Through Make-a-Wish, he was able to realize his dreams of superherodom on Nov. 15, 2013, in what became a social media phenomenon.
San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City as thousands lined the streets to cheer Scott on. Police escorted Scott through the city, while actors portrayed criminals for Batkid to fight. The boy received the key to the city, the San Francisco Chronicle produced a special edition, and millions upon millions helped the event become a viral sensation.