Grab your cable knit cardigan and lace up those comfy sneakers, Mister Rogers is coming to the big screen.
Based on journalist Tim Madigan’s 2006 memoir, I’m Proud of You, the film will tell the story of Madigan’s deep friendship with Rogers that spanned from 1995 until Rogers’ death in 2003. They met while Madigan was on assignment for a story, and continued to bond as Rogers helped him through depression and his relationship with his own father. EW confirmed that Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are set to direct I’m Proud of You, which is being financed by Big Beach Films. The Motel Life scribes Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue are co-writing the script.
Generations of kids were raised on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which began its run in 1968 and netted 895 episodes across its life. Just this past May, we reported on another Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which would chronicle his early life and work. A source at Treehouse Pictures says that nothing has changed in the status of that film, which is still in the script phase. No director is attached to that project.
With dueling Rogers pics in the works, which actors would you like to don the iconic zip-up sweater?