A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a 2019 American drama film directed by Marielle Heller with a screenplay by Micah Fitzerman Blue and Noah Harpster, based on the Esquire article Can You Say Hero? by Tom Junod.

The film stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper, and stars Rhys as a journalist for Esquire who is assigned to profile beloved television icon Fred Rogers.

On January 29, 2018 it was announced that Sony’s Trista Pictures had bought the worldwide distribution rights to the film You Are My Friend a biographical film based on a 1998 Esquire magazine article about television personality Fred Rogers, who would be played by Tom Hanks.

The film’s script by Micah Fitzerman Blue and Noah Harpster appeared among the 2013 Black List of best unproduced screenplays and it would be directed by Marielle Heller while producers would be Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf along with Youree Henley.

Two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism based on the true story of a real life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer Emmy winner Matthew Rhys is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers he overcomes his skepticism learning about empathy kindness and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7th September  2019. The film was originally going to be released on 18/10/2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing, but in May 2018 was pushed back a month to 22nd NOV 2019

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