Just when you thought it was finally safe to put your blue French horn in storage, along comes more talk about a How I Met Your Mother spinoff.
A third attempt at an offshoot — one that would flip the script, with a woman telling her children how she met their father — is in the works, according to 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden. She tells TVLine’s sister site Deadline that “the studio will try [making another show] with different writers” than were used in previous efforts.
“[The writers] will be starting from scratch,” Walden explains. “It’s one that’s being slowly cooked. If it’s the right idea, the right execution, we’ll take that.”
The first attempt at a spinoff came in the form of 2014’s How I Met Your Dad, a pilot that was never to see the light of day, much less snag a series order at CBS. Starring the likes of Greta Gerwig, Nicholas D’Agosto and even Meg Ryan, the pilot — whose script was leaked online in full — remained tonally in sync with its predecessor.
A second attempt was made in 2016, with This Is Us co-executive producers/writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger leading the charge. Unfortunately, the success of the duo’s NBC drama ultimately ate up their availability, resulting in the pilot’s demise.
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