Julia Roberts to produce and star in ‘Batkid’ movie

Forthcoming film will tell the remarkable story of five-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott

Julia Roberts is to produce and star in a film based on the remarkable ‘Batkid’ story.

The film will tell the story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old boy diagnosed with leukaemia who inspired one of the largest ‘Make-A-Wish’ projects in the charity’s history. Scott’s wish was to become ‘Batkid’, a sidekick to Batman, so the charity turned San Francisco into ‘Gotham City’ for the day for an event which drew a crowd of 25,000.

The film will be based on Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World, a forthcoming documentary about Scott from director Dana Nachman that premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday (January 24). Nachman will serve as an executive producer on the movie remake.

“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 in a press release.

Following treatment for leukaemia Miles Scott is now in remission. Roberts appeared most recently in 2013’s August: Osage County, for which she received an Oscar nomination, and HBO’s 2014 adaptation of Larry Kramer’s classic Aids-era play The Normal Heart.