A spec script about Rogers's life, entitled "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," just sold to Treehouse Pictures. Details about the script -- penned by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" writer Alexis Jolly -- were not revealed.
Rogers was the creator and star of beloved children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001. Rogers, who studied music and theology and was an ordained Presbyterian minister, went into broadcasting to change what he saw as unsatisfactory children's television at the time. His show went on to become a staple of early childhood programming, featuring songs, puppets, a trolley, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, all masterminded by the sweater-clad Rogers.
"Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people," said Justin Nappi of Treehouse Pictures. "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."
"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" won four Emmys during its run, and Rogers won a lifetime achievement Emmy in 1997. He passed away in 2003.