In 2013, the city of San Francisco transformed into Gotham for just one day to fulfill the wish of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old diagnosed with leukemia, to be Batman. The Make-A-Wish event for Miles a.k.a. Batkid attracted 25,000 supporters within the city and became a worldwide phenomenon as 2 billion people followed his adventures online through sites like Mashable, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman (The Human Experiment) will premiere her new film on the events, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, at Slamdance Film Festival 2015. However, the documentary won’t be the last movie to be made about Miles Scott’s adventures in Gotham.
Submarine Entertainment announced that Julia Roberts is attached to produce and star in a retelling of Batkid Begins. She will be joined behind the scenes by her producing partners at Red Om Films, Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl). Nachman will also executive produce the Batkid Begins remake.
Red Om Films has produced such features as Mona Lisa Smile, Eat Pray Love, and Jesus Henry Christ. The actress has worked with producing partners Gillan and Gill on the television movies An American Girl Adventure and An American Girl on the Home Front as well as the feature film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.
A Batkid Begins remake may seem out of place at first among the other features produced by Red Om Films, but the Batkid story is as uplifting and inspiring as the other titles Roberts has produced. Batkid Begins will likely be another heartwarming drama from Red Om Films.
The premise of an entire city - with help from the President of the United States - transforming into a fictional metropolis full of heroes and villains will be compelling to many moviegoers. The recent and massive popularity of superhero films may show that even a movie superficially about comic book characters (and more about non-superpowered heroes) can appeal to a substantial audience.
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World premieres at Slamdance Film Festival January 24th, 2015. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on the Batkid Begins remake as they become available.
Source: Submarine Entertainment