Join us in celebrating the late Fred Rogers on his 90th birthday by watching the official trailer for Won't You Be My Neighbor? Focus Features will release Won't You Be My Neighbor in select theaters on June 8th, 2018.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
Focus chairman Peter Kujawski announced the movie back in November of last year. He had this to say at the time Focus Features picked up the movie for distribution, announcing the official launch date.
"Morgan once again avoids making a traditional biodoc and instead takes us behind the curtain to see how Fred Rogers navigated the cultural and social issues of the second half of the twentieth century with his own brand of forward-thinking, compassionate wisdom far beyond his time. Mister Rogers makes us all want to be better people, and we couldn't be more proud to be a part of telling his story today."
Here's what director Morgan Neville had to say in his statement.
"The Fred Rogers I discovered making this film is at once comfortably familiar and completely surprising. I believe Mister Rogers is the kind of voice we need to hear right now. I am thrilled to work with Focus Features on taking this film out into the world, along with my collaborators at Impact Partners and Independent Lens."
Won't You Be My Neighbor? is produced by Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma and is a production of Tremolo Productions in association with Impact Partners and Independent Lens / PBS. The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and Judith Karfiol on behalf of the filmmakers. Here's what Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Executive Producer, had to say in her statement.
"This is Morgan's fourth film with Independent Lens, following our Emmy Award-winning collaboration on Best of Enemies. His beautiful new film shows us just how cool Mister Rogers was and how relevant and vital his voice is right now."
Take a look at this special sneak peek and remember the man that touched so many lives and changed so many childhoods as he celebrates what would have been his 90th birthday. It was recently reported that a biopic is also in the works, which features Tom Hanks as Steve Rogers. Thanks to Focus Features for sending over both the trailer and a clip from the movie.