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TriStar Pictures has landed worldwide distribution rights to the Mr. Rogers biopic “You Are My Friend,” with Tom Hanks attached to play the iconic TV personality.

“Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller is helming the pic from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

“I’m thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Friend,'” Heller said. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”

 

The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.

This is the perfect alchemy of talent coming together at the perfect time to remind us all of the transformative power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite. We are proud to partner with Marielle, Tom and everyone at Big Beach to bring this inspirational true story to audiences all over the world,” said Hannah Minghella, president of TriStar Pictures.

 

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http://variety.com/2018/film/news/tom-hanks-mr-rogers-you-are-my-friend-tristar-1202676746/



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That seems so wrong to me.



He got a friend in him.



Not watching it. Sounds as boring as that show was. I bet it will win a lot of awards and be critically acclaimed though.



"This is...coming together at the perfect time to...heal and to unite." I might be out of touch here, but heal from what? The Vegas shooting? The perfect time for that would have been months ago.

 

PR talk aside, I can't help but wonder how Rogers would have felt about this. Embarrassed, but perhaps hopeful that it might help some people? Sounds like a pretty basic plot, but some expert writing & direction could make it worth a watch.



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Mr. Rogers is just about the greatest man I've been aware of and I adored him as a kid, and when I later researched him as a cynical teenager on the internet I came to discover that he was an even better person than I'd originally been aware of lol

Honestly, I'd love to see an accurate biopic of the man, but I worry about them trying to reach too broad an audience... that often can lead to embellishment and an infusion of fictional drama. I love Tom Hanks as well but lord are their voices different lol



While I like the idea of the movie, I just can't see Tom Hanks or anyone as him.

I've seen plenty of movies that have an actor "portray" someone in real life, but in most cases I don't really know the person being portrayed that well. Mr Rogers, I had seen the show a ton and recognize him so easily, that I feel like I will have a hard time seeing anyone as him, let alone Tom Hanks.

I wonder if others feel this in regards to other movies that portray real life people. You kow like Jamie Foxx as Ray or something. To those that followed Ray closely, could they enjoy the movie or just bugged that they don't look the same. (though that movie has it easier, having the eyes hidden helps big)

But johnny cash movie, or others. I just feel I will be taken out of this movie by Tom Hanks not being mr rogers himself.



Might watch it. Loved Mr. Rogers when I was a kid.



Johnw1104 said:
Mr. Rogers is just about the greatest man I've been aware of and I adored him as a kid, and when I later researched him as a cynical teenager on the internet I came to discover that he was an even better person than I'd originally been aware of lol

Honestly, I'd love to see an accurate biopic of the man, but I worry about them trying to reach too broad an audience... that often can lead to embellishment and an infusion of fictional drama. I love Tom Hanks as well but lord are their voices different lol

Yeah, I too discovered just how great man he was, when I did some research on him after hearing the old urban legend about him being a sniper during Vietnam. 



This will be hard to do justice, VERY hard. This project will need a very scrutinized approval from close family and friends.