Doogie Howser Takes The Helm

A couple years ago, when Neil Patrick Harris popped up in “Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle”, I figured it was just a blip. He was funny as hell, but I was just glad that Doogie Howser was getting any work at all. Never for one second did I imagine that a drug-fueled cameo would kick off a career renaissance. Who saw that coming? Now he’s everywhere, from TV to Broadway to awards shows to the upcoming “Smurfs” movie, and he’s kind of awesome at all of it.

Now, according to Risky Business, NPH is about to branch out even more.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star and Emmy and Tony host is planning to make his feature directing debut with the romantic comedy “Aaron and Sarah.” The indie film has also attached Emma Roberts and Josh Hutcherson as its leads.

Written by Chad Gomez Creasey and Dara Resnik Creasey (TV’s “Pushing Daisies”), the story follows a geeky guy and a popular girl who become friends as freshmen in high school and see their relationship deepen through the four years, four proms and one funeral before graduation.

David O. Russell was attached to direct at one point, which automatically ups my intrigue level. This does sound like an interesting approach to the genre, with a suitable amount of darkness thrown in for good measure. “Pushing Daisies” is great, and I do love me some NPH, so hell, this may be enough to get me to actually watch a romantic comedy. Though I would appreciate it if Doogie can figure out a way to include a knife fight or a Steven Seagal cameo. That would mean a lot to me.