September 7, 2016


Zayn Malik to Develop 'Boys' TV Show Inspired by One Direction

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(UPDATE, 9/7 at 11 a.m.): According to Variety, the speculations surrounding Zayn Malik's TV show are now confirmed. Helmed by NBC, the scripted series will be called Boys. The singer is working on the project with Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, his wife Noelle and Universal Television. Sherri Cooper Landsman and Jennifer Levin, co-creators of the CW’s Beauty and the Beast, are behind the script.

“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, Noelle Wolf said. "Casting and original music will be major components, giving the show promotional potential on multiple levels."

The series will follow a boy band as they go through the waves of huge success, similar to Zayn's experience in One Direction before he left the group. Simon Cowell, his former label boss, commented on the news. "I think he should have come to me with it, " he said. "Nothing surprises me anymore."

(Original Story, 8/3): Zayn Malik's most notorious career moment occurred when he left One Direction last year, and now the solo star is reportedly planning to bring his teenybopper life to the small screen. According to The Sun, Zayn will reportedly be the executive producer of a television show about—what else?—a boy band.

The drama series, which is backed by the team behind HBO's Entourage, focuses on a "fictional boy band who go through the trials and tribulations of earning a record label to becoming a global phenomenon." That doesn't sound familiar at all...

While Zayn's reps haven't officially confirmed the news, the artist did speak about wanting to act in his latest Elle UK interview. "I started acting when I was in school with theatre studies and then music came after," he said. "It completely stopped when I joined the band but I'd definitely be interested if I was given the right role."

In the meantime, another 1D member has already kickstarted his foray into movies. Harry Styles will make his debut in Dunkirk, the upcoming World War II film directed by Christopher Nolan. Look out for its release in July 2017.