Iron Man Director Jon Favreau To Direct Pilot For Big Bang Theory Spin-Off

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The Big Bang Theory is already at its tenth season, and with the contracts for the actors about to expire, the show may be close to its end. Showrunners at CBS, however, are already preparing to get more out of the franchise, and they've greenlit a spin-off series focusing on a young Sheldon Cooper before he was roommates with Leonard Hofstadter.

According to Deadline, the pilot for Young Sheldon will be directed by none other than Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Jungle Book) with TBBT co-creator Chuck Lorre and current showrunner Steven Molaro given the creator credit. Jim Parsons, who plays the adult Sheldon Cooper, is also on-board to executive produce the show.

Unlike its predecessor, Young Sheldon will not be shot like a live sitcom. Instead, it will be shot with a single-camera style akin to that of Malcolm in the Middle — only with a younger Sheldon as a lead. It will deal with the fictional genius' childhood, growing up in Texas with a religious mother and not-as-smart siblings.

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The role of young Sheldon will be played by Iain Armitage with Zoe Perry playing Sheldon's mom, Mary Cooper. Lance Barber will be playing the role of Sheldon's father George, and his siblings will be played by Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan.

Like it, or hate it, The Big Bang Theory is one massive show for CBS, and though I found it funny in earlier seasons, I think it started getting a lot more intolerable when the main guys started getting girlfriends. Now it's just a show about guys who can't do what they love because their significant others say it isn't "normal." Hopefully Young Sheldon gets back to the show's roots.

No official release date has been announced for Young Sheldon, but the series is expected to premiere behind the next season of The Big Bang Theory.

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