UPDATED, 11:47 AM: Warner Bros said today it will open New Line’s Batkid Begins on June 26. It will debut against Universal’s sequel Ted 2, Warner Bros’ war-hero dog story Max and Clarius Entertainment’s comedy The Outskirts.
PREVIOUSLY, MARCH 12 PM: New Line Cinema will distribute Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, which stars and will be produced by Julia Roberts. The narrative film documentary, which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, is about the little boy who the world fell in love with when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his request to be his favorite superhero for a day. On November 15, 2013, San Francisco turned into Gotham City and millions of people took to social media to cheer on Batkid with the hashtags #SFBatKid and #BatKid.
The film was directed by Dana Nachman. Roberts produces with partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner. Batkid Begins will be overseen by Michael Disco and Josh Mack at New Line, with Nachman executive producing along with Josh Braun and Dan Braun through their Sub/Version documentary remake label.
Nachman, whose documentary Witch Hunt earned the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Washington D.C. International Film Festival, also is a producer on Batkid Begins, along with producer Liza Meak.
New Line Cinema’s Craig Alexander and Camrin Agin negotiated the deal with CAA and Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine. New Line Executive Vice President Carolyn Blackwood heads the company’s acquisition efforts. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the documentary with plans to release sometime in the coming year.