You Are My Friend is inspired by the friendship between Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod who, after reluctantly accepting an assignment to write a profile piece on Rogers, found a whole new perspective on life. The end result was a classic 1998 Esquire profile.
Rogers’ educational show ran from 1968 to 2001, and had a huge influence on generations of children in America. He died of cancer in 2003.
Tom Hanks, viewed as a sort of father figure in the US, has been described as the perfect casting choice.
Following the announcement, Junod tweeted to share his delight at the film “finally” being made, and revealed that it would be “very loosely” based on his Esquire profile.
It is finally happening, and in the best of ways: a movie, very loosely based on the article I wrote for @Esquire 20 years ago, with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, two innovative screenwriters from "Transparency" scripting, and Marielle Heller directing. Well-timed, for this moment. https://t.co/JWsOCmL6XB
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