“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” finds a writer

May 6, 2013

Is the life story of Mr. Rogers heading to the big screen? It appears there are some decision makers in Hollywood who aim to do just that. Deadline reports that A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a spec screenplay about the late and beloved TV icon, has been picked up by Treehouse Pictures with the intent to make it a big screen feature.

The plot details have not yet been disclosed, but judging from what Treehouse exec Justin Nappi told Deadline about the project, it is safe to assume the movie will be a biopic.

“Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people,” said Rappi. “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.”

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” was written by Alexis Jolly, who worked as a staff writer on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Despite the small number of credits, Jolly’s connection to DeGeneres may be a good fit for the project, mainly because her pleasant, nice-girl persona including her sendoff “Be kind to one another,” has plenty of similarities with Rogers’ famously charming, compassionate demeanor.

So who is going to be cast as Mr. Rogers?  That’ll be a tough role to fill and will either make or break the project.  Also, one has to wonder who this film will be targeted towards?  Mr. Rogers’ show aired from 1968 to 2001 and while it was targeted towards children, there will definitely be some nostalgia for parents, and probably grandparents.

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