Julia Roberts set to produce and star in ‘Batkid’ flick

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Batkid is back — in a Julia Roberts movie?.

Julia Roberts, 47, inked a deal to produce and star in a remake of the documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, according to a new report from Variety on Friday.The Oscar-winning actress just announced she plans to produce an adaption of “Batkid Begins,” the documentary about a 5-year-old leukemia patient who rescued Gotham City from the forces of evil. The movie will follow the real-life story of five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott, who captured the hearts of millions after dressing up as Batman’s sidekick Batkid and capturing villains such as the Riddler and the Penguin. The ensuing Make-A-Wish event turned into a worldwide phenomenon with nearly 2 billion participants on social media. [Variety] Laura Cohan (The Walking Dead) has signed on to star in the horror thriller, The Boy.

Miles Scott, the then-5-year old leukemia survivor whose Make-a-Wish request to be a superhero transformed a willing city of San Francisco into Gotham in October 2013. Circulated via social media, 25,000 people turned out in San Francisco on November 5, 2013, to help Miles’ dream become a reality, directed by the Greater Bay Area chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The film, to be directed by William Brent Bell, focuses on Cohan’s character, a nanny who is charged with overseeing a lifelike doll by a strange couple who treat the doll like a real child. “The couple use the doll as a way to cope with the death of their young son, but the nanny becomes increasingly convinced it is alive.” The project is looking to start in March in British Columbia. [The Hollywood Reporter] Jan Ole Gerster and Tom Schilling are reteaming after their work as the director and star, respectively, of 2012’s Oh Boy (aka A Coffee in Berlin). The city was transformed into Gotham as the little man slipped into a specially made costume and set out on various staged adventures even riding in his very own Batmobile, complete with a car seat.

In the beginning stages of creating the Batkid documentary, the film’s team raised over $109,000 to fund the special effects, soundtrack, music licensing, editing and aerial footage. Schilling will star as radical vegetarian and nudist, August Engelhardt, who left Germany in 1902 to set up “a utopian colony on a South Sea island.” The story tells of how Engelhardt’s malnourished body was found on a beach in 1919. 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,” explains filmmaker Dana Nachman.

VIPs all the way up to President Obama sent tweets and Vines of congratulation on Miles’ big day, and Mashable learned that Miles was set to appear on stage at the 2014 Oscars until a mysterious last-minute switch.

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