California-based distribution company Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to a documentary about the life and work of TV personality Fred Rogers.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offers an intimate portrait of Rogers, taking audiences beyond the cardigans and land of make-believe into the heart of a man who inspired generations of children with his compassion and boundless imagination. The doc will be directed and produced by Morgan Neville, whose credits include Keith Richards: Under the Influence, Best of Enemies and the Academy-Award winning doc Twenty Feet from Stardom.
Produced by Tremolo Productions in association with Impact Partners and PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is slated for release on June 8, 2018.
“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,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski, in a statement. “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.”
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is produced by Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma. The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and Judith Karfiol on behalf of the filmmakers.