The Little Miss Sunshine/Ruby Sparks directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have set their next project: an adaptation of Tim Madigan’s Fred Rogers tale, I’m Proud of You. The memoir tells of the author’s life-changing meeting with Mister Rogers that started an unlikely friendship between the two that would last until the television show host’s death in 2003. More than just a tale of male friendship, I’m Proud of You takes a deeper look into the personal side of Rogers, who turned out to be even greater person off camera than on. Hit the jump for more on I’m Proud of You.
It began as another newspaper assignment, a celebrity profile of the children’s television icon. But in Fred Rogers, Texas journalist Tim Madigan found more than a fascinating subject. From their first meeting in 1995, at Rogers’ invitation, the two became unlikely friends, a deep and abiding relationship that lasted until Rogers’ death in 2003. In that time, Madigan found Rogers to be much more than the calm and compassionate personality of television. He was a person of unique human greatness who embodied love, compassion and wisdom his every waking moment. He was the transcendent being who guided Madigan through periods of life-threatening depression and the tragic death of a sibling and helped him heal his difficult relationship with his father. I’m Proud of You reveals Fred Rogers as a person who deserves a place among history’s greatest people. It chronicles male friendship at its finest and most powerful. And it is a book that has already brought hope and inspiration to many thousands of its readers.