New Line has picked up the worldwide rights to distribute Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the documentary about young cancer survivor Miles Scott and how his Make-a-Wish event took San Francisco, and the nation, by storm.
At the same time, the company has picked up the narrative remake rights, which pertain to a project being developed by Julia Roberts. Roberts would star and produce with her Red Om Films partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres. Dana Nachman is executive producing 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.
Release details for the documentary were not revealed, but Warner Bros. Pictures plans to release it sometime in the coming year, according to New Line.
CAA packaged the remake and negotiated the deal along with Submarine.