New Line buys 'Batkid Begins' distribution and remake rights

New Line has bought the worldwide distribution rights to Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the documentary chronicling the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio also picked up the narrative remake rights for, for a project developed by Julia Roberts, who would produce and star.

Directed by Emmy winner Dana Nachman, the crowdfunded documentary had its world premiere in late January at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.


Although the Make-A-Wish Foundation expected a few hundred people to turn out to cheer on Batkid as he and Batman captured Penguin and the Riddler, the celebration drew an estimated 14,500 in San Francisco alone. The event also captured the attention of people around the world, as more than a billion used social media to encourage Batkid; President Obama even used Vine to deliver a special message to Miles.

Batkid Begins includes exclusive interviews with Miles and his family, as well as the team behind the event that grew far beyond their modest expectations.

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