After he saved San Francisco, the young hero known as Batkid inspired a documentary about 5-year-old Miles Scott's exploits both fighting crime and battling cancer. Now Hollywood megastar Julia Roberts has bought the rights to Batkid Begins with plans to make it a major feature film, so start stockpiling kleenex now.

/Film suggests that Roberts has optioned the movie for herself to star in, presumably as Make-a-Wish San Francisco chapter director Patricia Wilson, who organized the event, which included the local police, the local news, and literally thousands of San Francisco natives. It very much sounds like a Julia Roberts-type role to me. Here's the the trailer for the original documentary, if you could use a bit of heart-warming or tear-inducing.

Batkid Begins is actually premiering at Sundance this week, where it's already receiving some rave reviews. As long as Roberts can find a writer and director who doesn't turn the true story too mawkish, this could be a massive success. It's definitely a story worth telling, that's for sure.

[Via The Mary Sue]