'Batkid' Documentary And Narrative Picked Up By New Line Cinema

Audiences just got a major step closer to seeing the story of Batkid on the big screen in two different ways. New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros., has secured the rights to the documentary, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World directed by Dana Nachman. They've also picked up the narrative rights to the story, which comes with Julia Roberts attached to produce and potentially star. There's no release date yet but the documentary should be released later this year. Read more about the Batkid movies below.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the Batkid movie news. Batkid: The Wish Heard Around the World premiered at Slamdance back in January and we wrote a review. Here's a brief clip:

Batkid Begins works so well as a film because the structure is so natural. There's a very interesting build up to the actual day followed by the pay off of seeing it unfold from the ground floor. The filmmakers are with the family the whole way, at home weeks before, in the hotel room when the event starts and at every single stop. They follow the social media aspect, the people who spearheaded that, and of course talk to Miles and his family about what it all means. It's a story that needed to be documented and they do a great job with it.

Soon after the film's debut, Roberts' Red Om Films picked up the rights to remake the film with the Oscar-winning actress would likely playing Patricia Wilson, the director of the San Francisco Make-A-Wish chapter. She's a major character in the doc and the person primarily responsible for the whole event happening.

I truly believe Batkid is a great documentary and that New Line, which is owned by Warner Bros., picking up both is a huge win for the films. It puts the backing of one of the biggest studios in the world behind it but also, it's the studio that actually owns Batman himself. That just feels like the perfect ending to this story.