Julia Roberts to Star in “Batkid Begins” Film

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Casting Net: Julia Roberts to produce, star in ‘Batkid’ feature film.

Submarine Entertainment announced Friday that the star had secured the rights to remake the new documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World” as a feature.

The feature film will tell the story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old leukaemia sufferer who made headlines across the world in 2013 when he was given the chance to become ‘Batkid’ by the Make-A-Wish foundation. 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. 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 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).

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,” Nachman said in a press release about the deal. 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. 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.

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.

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