Mr. Rogers biopic in the works

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   May 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM   |   Comments

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May 8 (UPI) -- A film about the life of the beloved children's television host Fred Rogers is reportedly in the works.

The script, tentatively titled "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," was penned by Alexis Jolly, a staff writer for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and sold to Treehouse Pictures, Deadline reported.

"Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people," said Treehouse producer Justin Nappi. "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."

Details of the plot are being kept under wraps. Still, generations of children would probably be happy just watching 90 minutes of Rogers' famous shoe-and-sweater-changing routine.

Rogers was a Presbyterian minister who went into children's television and became the host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" in 1968. The show ran until 2001, earning four Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for Rogers, who died in 2003.

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