‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Directors Bringing Mister Rogers to Your Neighborhood With ‘I’m Proud of You’

Mister Rogers

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Beloved childrens’ entertainer and TV personality Fred Rogers, Mister to you and me, will be getting the big screen treatment via Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The duo is tackling an adaptation of “I’m Proud of You,” a memoir by Tim Madigan that follows a curmudgeonly father and husband whose life is forever changed after meeting Mister Rogers. Honestly, wouldn’t your life be changed, too?

Based on that early description, the film sounds a lot like another upcoming film featuring a famous whimsical man that’s not a biopic, John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks. Jaded protagonist meets revered children’s icon and their life takes a positive spin? We’ll have to wait for the trailer before making big judgements, though.

The project seems like it will be in good hands – Dayton and Faris’ debut film Sunshine earned them two Oscars and two more nominations. Ruby Sparks didn’t get the same acclaim, but was charming nonetheless. Now for the big question – who to don the holiest of cardigans and sneakers and play Mister Rogers himself? [The Wrap]

In childhood, Samantha had a Mary Katherine Gallagher-esque flair for the dramatic, as well as the same penchant for Lifetime original movies. And while she can still quote the entire monologue from A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, her tastes in film have luckily changed. During an interview, director Tommy Wiseau once called her a “good reporter, but not that intimidating if we’re being honest.” She once lived in Chinatown and told her neighbor Jake to “forget it” so many times that he threatened to stop talking to her.

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