It was only a matter of time before someone tried to make a movie or TV adaptation of the amazing story of One Direction. Put together during a series of the UK version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor reality show, the boyband became a musical juggernaut, topping the charts all over the world, becoming the biggest British export since The Beatles. We never expected the adaptation to come from someone in the inner circle, however: Zayn Malik.
Now, you might remember that Malik quit the band last year. In the resulting 12 months, he recorded and released his own solo album, Mind Of My Own, a collection of slinky and accomplished R&B tracks that included the massive single “PILLOWTALK.”
Now it’s been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that Malik is in talks with TV executive bigwig Dick Wolf, the producer behind Law & Order, to create an hourlong TV drama focused on a boyband.
According to THR, the drama, which is set to titled Boys, will focus on the rise of a popular boyband, capturing the adventures, dramas, success, pressures, and struggles of those involved.
“Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke.
Adding to this point, Dick Wolf said, “We were intrigued by the synergistic potential that Zayn brings to the project. Boys will be a show that’s totally integrated on broadcast and digital platforms. Casting and original music will be major components, giving the show promotional potential on multiple levels.”
Omg, so by the sounds of it Boys will be like a pop version of ABC’s Nashville or Fox’s Empire, which sounds AMAZING to us.
Of course, it’s unknown how much of the series will have it’s basis in what actually went on behind closed doors with One Direction, but we’re sure that Zayn has some secrets up his sleeve that he’d be willing to divulge in the name of entertainment.
The enigmatic singer, who is not known for his words, had all this to say about the project. “Dick Wolf is a legend and the opportunity to work with him and NBC to create a compelling drama series is awesome.” Nice and succinct.
THR reports that the pilot for the show will be written by Sherri Cooper Landsman and Jennifer Levin, both of whom have worked previously on The C.W.’s Beauty and the Beast and family saga Brothers & Sisters.
There’s currently no airdate for Boys, and it’s unknown whether NBC will even pick the show up for series. However, we seriously hope they do!