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It's going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood! A Mr. Rogers biopic is coming!

May. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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It struck me randomly the other day that there are going to be whole generations of children who will have no clue who Fred Rogers was. As a kid, I remember watching Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street back to back. Hell, I learned how to tie my shoes from watching his show. But, sadly, when Rogers died in 2003, he took his legacy with him. What children get now is a cartoon reboot called Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, but it just is not the same.

While there will never be another Mr. Rogers, there is a film being developed about his life. According to Deadline, Alexis Jolly has written a screenplay titled A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD which was purchased by Treehouse Pictures. No other cast or crew have been announced as of yet, but Roger's story would make for an interesting big screen story.

Producer Justin Nappi had this to say.

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.”

Actually, in looking through the Wikipedia article on Rogers, he didn't really seem to have many struggles in his life to reach the success he found on public television. So, while a film would be a nice tribute, I am not sure how cinematic it will be. But, obviously the screenplay was enough to be purchased. Now let us see where it goes.

Source: Deadline

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1:01AM on 05/03/2013
Seems like a deserving individual, though I'd prefer a faux documentary regarding the urban legend of him being a military sniper
Seems like a deserving individual, though I'd prefer a faux documentary regarding the urban legend of him being a military sniper
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12:10AM on 05/03/2013
I don't know that a biopic would offer up anything new. A documentary would be better. He was maybe the only guy I knew on television when I was really young who just played himself (scratch that, LeVar Burton on "Reading Rainbow"). As much as his distinctive voice was used ironically in parody, the fact that he so embodied the character on TV, and no horrific scandals came to light after his passing, he really was a hero to me and an inspiration to just be good to other people. In this day and
I don't know that a biopic would offer up anything new. A documentary would be better. He was maybe the only guy I knew on television when I was really young who just played himself (scratch that, LeVar Burton on "Reading Rainbow"). As much as his distinctive voice was used ironically in parody, the fact that he so embodied the character on TV, and no horrific scandals came to light after his passing, he really was a hero to me and an inspiration to just be good to other people. In this day and age we really need someone like him to connect with kids. Someone who can walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
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9:52PM on 05/02/2013

Love that picture. lol

Reminds me of Bob Saget's stand up, you would just never expect it. I wonder what happened at that precise moment that he flipped the bird. lol
Reminds me of Bob Saget's stand up, you would just never expect it. I wonder what happened at that precise moment that he flipped the bird. lol
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12:52AM on 05/03/2013
I read that it was during a segment where he was counting off numbers with his fingers, and couldn't hold it together when only the middle finger was left showing.
I read that it was during a segment where he was counting off numbers with his fingers, and couldn't hold it together when only the middle finger was left showing.
8:11PM on 05/02/2013

Tom Cavanagh would be perfect

That dude from Ed, Scrubs, and The Yogi Bear movie.
That dude from Ed, Scrubs, and The Yogi Bear movie.
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7:27PM on 05/02/2013

Wont you be my neighbor?

I could see a TV movie...I hope they cast it right, cause this is a valuable projecet
I could see a TV movie...I hope they cast it right, cause this is a valuable projecet
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5:30PM on 05/02/2013

I'm in

Cast David Strathairn and let's get this thing started.
Cast David Strathairn and let's get this thing started.
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4:13PM on 05/02/2013
So you mean we won't see a secret life of Mr.Rogers where he did cocaine for years and had sex with every escort.
So you mean we won't see a secret life of Mr.Rogers where he did cocaine for years and had sex with every escort.
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