If you were on the Internet at all in November 2013, you probably heard the story of "Batkid," a 5-year-old boy named Miles Scott who, while battling leukemia, wished to be Batman for a day. With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the City of San Francisco, his wish came true, and Miles' inspiring day of crimefighting went viral. Miles is now 6 and in remission, but his story continues to inspire, and a documentary about his wish and his day as Batman -- Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World -- just premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. Now an even bigger film is on the way.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in a big-screen version of Miles' story, adapted from the Batkid Begins documentary. Dana Nachman, the documentary's director, is on board as an executive producer.
"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," Nachman said.
During his day as Batkid, Miles raced around San Francisco (alongside an adult Batman) and battled the Joker, the Riddler and the Penguin. The story reached millions of people around the world, and everyone from Batman himself, Christian Bale, to President Barack Obama showed their support for Miles. "Batkid" got international attention, and images from the day are still tearjerking more than a year later, so it's no surprise that Roberts took notice. Now we just have to see how well Miles' story will translate to Hollywood.
What do you think? Will you go see the Batkid movie?