“The Big Bang Theory” continues its 10th season as TV’s top-rated comedy, and while the show may be getting a little long in the tooth CBS has a plan to extend the adventures of uber-nerd Sheldon Cooper in a potential prequel focusing on the younger years of the character played by Jim Parsons.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Big Bang Theory” co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady have been tapped by CBS to develop a prequel, with “BBT” showrunner Steve Molaro at the helm.
“Insiders describe the project as ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ but with a young and potentially teenage version of Sheldon,” reports THR, adding that none of the show’s cast will be involved other than Parsons, who’ll be an executive producer.
CBS and Warner Bros. Television (which produces the show) declined comment, notes THR, pointing out the potential prequel will be a single-camera comedy (unlike the multi-cam “Big Bang Theory”), while “additional details about the project are being kept under wraps.”
The news comes as deals for Parsons and the rest of the cast come to the end after the current season, with the cast reportedly in the midst of negotiating lucrative new deals for a possible 11th season and beyond.