Mister Rogers Inspired Drama I'm Proud of You Gets Two Directors
Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have signed on to direct the adaptation I'm Proud of You. The story is based on Tim Madigan's memoir, about his friendship with Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Here's a description of the book from the author's official website.
"It began as another newspaper assignment, a celebrity profile of the children's television icon. But in Fred Rogers, Texas journalist Tim Madigan found more than a fascinating subject. From their first meeting in 1995, at Rogers' invitation, the two became unlikely friends, a deep and abiding relationship that lasted until Rogers' death in 2003.
In that time, Madigan found Rogers to be much more than the calm and compassionate personality of television. He was a person of unique human greatness who embodied love, compassion and wisdom his every waking moment. He was the transcendent being who guided Madigan through periods of life-threatening depression and the tragic death of a sibling and helped him heal his difficult relationship with his father."
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (The Motel Life) wrote the adapted screenplay, with Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub producing and financing through their Big Beach Films company. Youree Henley is also producing. No production schedule was given.