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Mr. Rogers biopic in the works

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
Mr. Rogers biopic in the works
WAX2003022703 - WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) - FILE PHOTO - Fred Rogers, from the fames PBS television show, died on Feb. 27, 2003, from stomach cancer. He was 74. In this image Rogers thanks President George W. Bush and first lady Laura for inviting him to the White House, and for their efforts to heighten awareness about early education on April 3, 2002, in Washington. The ceremony was part of a PBS special promoting reading to children. mk/Michael Kleinfeld UPI | License Photo

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.

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"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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