Mr. Rogers was so insanely influential to a generation of kids–and possibly their kids–that it’s hard to believe a biopic hasn’t already been done about him. But never fear, Neighborhood Kids: it’s coming.
Deadline reported that Treehouse Pictures has snatched up the spec script written by Alexis Jolly, whose credits include writing for the Ellen Degeneres Show. Looks like they’ll be casting to fill those iconic sneakers pretty soon.
“Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people,” said Justin Nappi of Treehouse. “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.”
So who’s going to play the soft-spoken icon? MSNBC has a poll going on with some of their favorites, which include “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons and “Mad Men” actor Vincent Kartheiser. Head on over and give them your vote.