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New Line Nabs ‘Batkid’ Documentary Distribution, Future Film Rights (Exclusive)

New Line Cinema has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World,” as well as the rights to adapt the documentary into a narrative film.

The narrative film has Oscar winner Julia Roberts attached to star and produce. She will produce the adaptation with partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red Om Films banner.

The film will be overseen by Michael Disco and Josh Mack at New Line, with Dana Nachman exec producing along with Josh Braun and Dan Braun through their Sub/Version documentary remake label.

Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the documentary and plans to release it in the coming year.

New Line exec VP Carolyn Blackwood said she first saw the documentary when it premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and was immediately taken by its uplifting message.

“It shows that humanity is essentially good and not bad,” said Blackwood.

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