‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Directors Sign For Mr. Rogers Biopic

By September 29, 2013


A movie about TV icon Mister Rogers helmed by the directors of Little Miss Sunshine? Count me in!

According to The Wrap,  Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will be directing an adaptation of Tim Madigan’s memoir “I’m Proud of You” that’s being produced by Big Beach Films, with a script written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

The memoir is based on the close friendship that Madigan developed with Mister Rogers after writing a newspaper profile on him in 1995, a friendship that lasted until Roger’s death in 2003 (a death that still makes me tear up just thinking about it). Naturally, Madigan was a cynical journalist-type whose life was completely changed by the gentle awesomeness of Mister Rogers. We all need a friendship with Mister Rogers, don’t we? Sounds like perfect movie material to me. I’ll be sure to sit in the back row with a box of tissues when I go see it.

Back in May, Deadline reported  that another Mister Rogers biopic was in the works, when the script A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Alexis Jolly was sold to Treehouse Pictures.

The question everyone is asking now is… who the heck could play Mister Rogers!?  I can’t even imagine. Can’t we just have Mister Rogers back? I guess I’m going to have to go with Daniel Day-Lewis because I trust him completely with any role ever and he’s about the only actor I can say that about.

What do you think? Tell me your thoughts and casting ideas in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.