Big Bang Theory Prequel Spinoff in the Works, Centered on a Young Sheldon

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This news certainly merits a “Bazinga!”: A prequel spinoff of CBS’ mega-hit The Big Bang Theory is being developed, with a young Sheldon Cooper as the lead character.

CBS and Warner Bros. TV, who produces Big Bang, are working on the project, according to our sister site Variety, with a script deal expected soon. It centers on a young Sheldon growing up in Texas; Jim Parsons, who stars as the adult Sheldon, won’t reprise his role, but he will executive-produce the spinoff, along with Big Bang co-creator Chuck Lorre and current showrunner Steve Molaro. (Co-creator Bill Prady is expected to join as an EP as well.)

Since this is a prequel set decades in the past, no one from the current Big Bang cast is expected to be involved in the project — although we shouldn’t rule out a guest spot. And Laurie Metcalf has been nominated for an Emmy for playing Sheldon’s mom on Big Bang… so perhaps she could reprise her role?

Don’t get too excited, though, Big Bang fans: This prequel series is in the very early stages, with a script still being worked out. But expectations will undoubtedly be high, since the original Big Bang remains TV’s top-rated comedy. The spinoff news comes as the fate of The Big Bang Theory hangs in the balance. The show is only renewed through the current 10th season, with negotiations for more seasons — and new contracts for the highly-paid cast — about to get underway.

Would you watch a Big Bang spinoff about young Sheldon? And who should play him? Hit the comments and share your thoughts.