Julia Roberts to star and produce ‘BATKID’ movie remake
Julia Roberts is producing and starring in the “Batkid” movie remake, Submarine announced today.
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World is a documentary by Dana Nachman about a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia who became “batman” for one day after tremendous support from social media.
25,000 San Francisco residents came out to participate on November 15, 2013.
Via Press Release:
Oscar® Winner Julia Roberts Attaches To Feature Remake Of
BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
Documentary at Slamdance
Friday, January 23, 2015 – Park City, UT – As the excitement revs up in Park City, Submarine announced today that Julia Roberts is attached to the remake rights to the new documentary BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD – A DANA NACHMAN FILM on the eve of its world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival.
Roberts, who will produce with partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner, is attached to star in the feature remake of the real life story about how a Make-A-Wish event for Miles – a 5 year old boy diagnosed with leukemia – wanting to be Batman for a day turned into not only a citywide spectacle with over 25,000 San Francisco residents coming out to participate, but a worldwide phenomenon on social media with nearly 2 billion participants thanks to Mashable, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others.
The documentary’s director, Dana Nachman, will serve as Executive Producer along with Josh and Dan Braun of Submarine under Submarine’s new remake label Sub/Version that is launching at Sundance. BATKID BEGINS… is Sub/Version’s first project.
“It’s thrilling to me that Ms. Roberts and her team watched our film and were so moved by it that they want to dedicate their time and creative capital to make sure the widest audience possible will know and love Miles’ story and the spirit of this intimate special event that went global, as much as we do,” says filmmaker Nachman.
CAA, which brought the project to Roberts, brokered the deal with Sub/Version and will represent the package.
BATKID BEGINS: THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD – A DANA NACHMAN FILM will have its world premiere this Saturday, January 24 at noon in Park City at Slamdance Film Festival 2015, and all distribution rights for the documentary are currently available worldwide. For more info: www.batkidbegins.com
SUB/VERSION is a new label focused on the sale of remake and narrative adaptation rights with a focus on feature documentaries as underlying material. Recent projects handled by Sub/Version include KEEP ON KEEPING ON (sold to The Weinstein Company) and THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (sold to Perfect Storm).Sub/Version is run by Josh Braun and Dan Braun and is a division of SUBMARINE, a boutique sales, marketing, distribution and production company based in NYC. Recent and upcoming titles include Time Is Illmatic, Beyond the Brick: a Lego Brickumentary, Dior & I, Peggy Guggenheim: Art of This Century, Robert Frank: You Got Eyes, 20 Feet from Stardom, Ivory Tower, PUMP, Dirty Wars, Cutie & the Boxer, Dinosaur 13, The One I Love, The Green Prince, The Case Against 8, Wild Style 30th Anniversary Remastered and Downtown 81 30th Anniversary Remastered. Submarine recently launched Submarine Deluxe, a domestic theatrical and dvd imprint; Submarine/NFP, a German distribution imprint. Submarine principals also represent the Creepy and Eerie comic book library which is being developed across all platforms.