This past summer, non-profit organization Moving Train, Inc. launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $100,000 for a new documentary called Batkid Begins. The project quickly gained popularity and by the campaign’s deadline, it raised nearly $110,000 thanks to over 945 backers.
As previously reported, the project is describe as “a feature documentary that explores how Batkid became a phenomenon in San Francisco and worldwide.” The film takes viewers “behind the scenes” of the day Batkid saved “Gotham City.”
Its synopsis stated that Batkid Begins follows the events leading up to the day Batkid saved San Francisco and what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral. Ultimately, the goal that day was to get a couple hundred people to show up to support young Leukemia survivor, Miles Scott, and his wish to become Batman’s sidekick.
Upon revealing his son’s keen interest in the Dark Knight, Miles’ father, Nick Scott, stated, “One of his doctors told us that with this disease they become like a fighter. I think he sees the good versus evil battle in superheroes and just relates to it.”
All funds from the campaign went towards the following:
- Beautiful aerials of Gotham City (a.k.a. San Francisco)
- Composer and original soundtrack
- Audio mix and sound sweetening
- Film graphics and animation
- Color correction and picture work
- Special effects
- Music licensing.
Now, nearly six months later, the production team revealed that Julia Roberts became so interested in the project that she dedicated time to bring it to a bigger audience. According to Huffington Post, Submarine Entertainment announced on Friday that the actress secured the rights to make the new documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World” as a feature. Roberts will produce and star in the film, with the documentary’s director Dana Nachman serving as one of its executive producers.
Nachman announced, “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.”
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World” premiered Saturday at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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