Iconic children's television legend Fred Rogers, whom most of us know as PBS' Mr. Rogers, is going to get his own biopic called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Alexis Jolly (The Ellen DeGeneres Show staff writer) sold a spec script for the film to Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen’s Treehouse Pictures. There are no details on the story, but it will obviously revolve around a certain aspect or aspects of his life. Nappi had this to say about Rogers in a statement,
Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people. His keen ability to find the good in anyone, or anything, will make for a truly inspiring cinematic experience. In literally shaping the world around him to fit into his own unique perspective, he created what is arguably the most influential American children’s television show of all time.
Fred Rogers studied music and theology and became an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church before finding his way to TV. He wasn't happy with how television programming addressed children, so he decided to go into broadcasting to change it. He started as an errand boy at NBC and rose to host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1968. The show ran through 2001. Roger passed away in 2003 of stomach cancer.
Like many of you, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It's great to hear that we will see a film dedicated to the man who helped shape the childhoods of people everywhere.