From 1968-2001, kids were welcomed into Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The PBS series featured Fred Rogers as its soft-spoken host. Following his death in 2003, there was a major void left in children's programming and pop culture.
Rogers touched many people, but fans know little to nothing about his personal life. That's why he's the focus of an upcoming biopic. According to EW, Treehouse Pictures recently bought a script from Alexis Jolly called A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.
“It’s an interesting piece of material to come on our desk and we’re very happy it did,” said Justin Nappi, founder and president of Treehouse Pictures. “I don’t think I’ve seen something like this in a while. The story can resonate on multiple levels. It’s fresh and distinctive. I think that we can make something fun with this.”
So what can we expect from the film? Nappi says it will focus on the man who would become the Rogers we know and love. We'll also get a behind-the-scenes look at what made the show — including those famous puppets.
The project isn't backed by Rogers' family, but the producers plan to be respectful. "It will be done in good taste. And obviously we’d run by anything with the family we would think we’d need to.”
Rogers was more than a TV personality. He was also an educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter and author. “I think when you read the script, it’s like could this man really be this nice?,” he said. “Everyone [who has told stories about him] really has the same thing to say: Yes.”
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