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New Line has bought the worldwide distribution rights to Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the documentary chronicling the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio also picked up the narrative remake rights for, for a project developed by Julia Roberts, who would produce and star.
Although Drew Struzan is rumored to be returning to paint posters for the new Star Wars trilogy, the famed artist came out of retirement a little early for another project: Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, a documentary chronicling the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-0ld leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman.
Deadline unveiled the poster, created for free by Struzan, who’s legendary for his iconic posters for such films as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner and Back to the Future. The artist retired in 2008.
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World will have its world premiere in January at the Slamdance Film Festival.
The crowdfunded documentary chronicles the events behind the scenes on Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-0ld leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman. Although the Make-A-Wish Foundation expected a few hundred people to turn out to cheer on Batkid as he and Batman captured Penguin and the Riddler, the celebration drew an estimated 14,500 in the city alone. The event also captured the attention of people around the world, as more than a billion used social media to encourage Batkid; President Obama even used Vine to deliver a special message to Miles.
Already off to a 5-2 start, the San Francisco Giants received an extra boost at their home opener Tuesday afternoon: SF’s own Batkid threw out the first pitch.
— KTVU (@KTVU) April 8, 2014
After rescuing San Francisco from the grip up of the Riddler and the Penguin, Batkid traveled this morning to New York City — “the real Gotham,” as Mayor Michael Bloomberg said — to take on the Joker and save rapper/producer Pitbull in a takedown arranged by Good Morning America.
Although the GMA hosts behaved as if they’re never interacted with children before, the segment was nice for the spotlight it shined on Miles Scott — the 5-year-old who has battled leukemia for three years — and the work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Also, the morning show’s set was transformed into a pretty good facsimile of the Batcave from the ’60s Batman TV series, with the Batmobile parked outside.
“He’s in remission so this has kind of been like the after-party for him, a way to kick it off,” Miles’ father Nick said. “Chemo is all he’s ever known. That’s the life that he’s known but this is kind of a way to celebrate the ending.”
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A week after San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City for a day so a 5-year-old leukemia patient could live his dream of being Batman — capturing the Joker and the Penguin in the process- people are still talking about the heartwarming story of Miles Scott, aka Batkid.
To help commemorate the celebration, which drew crowds of at least 14,500 and media attention from around the world, a group of artists, designers and writers from San Francisco teamed up to create a Batkid online comic, of sorts. As AgencySpy reports, they pulled photos of the event from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, and transformed them in a comic-book narrative, complete with word balloons and old-school sound effects.
Transforming San Francisco into Gotham on Nov. 15 to help fulfill a 5-year-old leukemia patient’s wish to be Batman cost the city $105,000 — but none of that will come from the pockets of taxpayers.
The celebration, which saw Miles “Batkid” Scott accompany Batman as they apprehended the Penguin and the Riddler, drew crowds estimated at 14,500 — far more than the few hundred anticipated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation — and garnered international media attention. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the bill will be paid from the fees charged to conventions that use the Moscone Center. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is also reportedly seeking private donations to help reimburse the city.
Most of the money was eaten up by the last-minute rental of a sound systems, video screens and other equipment when the crowd gathered at City Hall to watch Mayor Ed Lee present Miles with a chocolate key to the city proved too large.
“What started out as a few hundred people at most on the steps of City Hall … grew into what would obviously attract a 20,000-plus crowd,” Christine Falvey, the mayor’s communications director, told The Associated Press. “They weren’t going to see anything the way we originally had it set up.”