Tom Hanks is playing Fred Rogers, aka the star of PBS’ beloved Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, in a biopic. The project comes from TriStar Pictures, which was developing a Mr. Rogers biopic for some time under the title, You Are My Friend. – That, however, will not be the title.
In the latest development, Sony Pictures has revealed that the film will brandish the more iconic title, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which, of course, refers to the sanguine ditty famously sung by the host as he settled in at the beginning of each episode of the 1968-2001 series.
The movie is set-up with Marielle Heller, the director of Diary of a Teenage Girl, pegged to helm the picture working off a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Trailer
The first trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood has arrived! Watch it below:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Release Date
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is scheduled to arrive on October 18, 2019.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Details
Here’s the first released image of Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers as he will appear in the film now known as A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
This is a film that’s been in development ever since its screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster made the rounds when it was featured on the 2013 Black List. Based on the real friendship of journalist Tom Junod and Fred Rogers, the film will give a likely very dramatized account of a cynical journalist becoming awed by the star of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, following his being forced to write a profile piece on the entertainer.
Fred Rogers was a long-running actor and performer for children’s entertainment, having originated a version of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on local syndication in the greater Pittsburgh area in 1967. After a year of Rogers refining his patented mild-mannered appeal—complete with an ever-present cardigan—Rogers saw his series picked up by PBS in 1968. From there, he raised multiple generations of children on lessons of kindness and surprisingly civil big city life until retiring in 2001.
Since his passing in 2003, Rogers has become a figure of nostalgia and paragon of good virtues. In this vein, he also is the subject of Focus Features’ upcoming documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Hanks seems to be perfect casting for playing a kind-hearted, all-ages icon after playing (a fairly sanitized interpretation of) Walt Disney in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks in 2013, which also featured a famous entertainer bedazzling an initially unimpressed skeptic.
The movie will be produced by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf via their Big Beach production company, as well as by Youree Henley. The production should also be a boon for TriStar, which has resurged in recent years since Tom Rothman moved to Sony, having recently released under the Sony umbrella the successful Baby Driver and the Oscar nominated All the Money in the World.
We’ll keep you updated on A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood right here as things develop.