Simon Cowell on Zayn’s 1D-inspired TV show: “He Should Have Come to Me”
Of course we weren’t expecting Simon Cowell to be too happy about someone exploiting One Direction for profit other than himself. So when Simon was asked about Zayn Malik‘s upcoming TV series, Boys, which is said to centre around a 1D-style pop group, the X Factor judge was inevitably a little salty:
“I do actually believe that when they’ve got these ideas, bearing in mind where we started, they should actually come to me,” he told a reporter at a live taping of America’s Got Talent yesterday (September 6th).
The former One Direction member turned solo star is working on the TV drama with the creators of Entourage. Zayn will executive produce, however it’s unclear at the moment whether he’ll also act in the show.
He has previously expressed his ambitions to follow in the footsteps of his former bandmate Harry Styles (although he’d never phrase it as such) and branch out from music, telling Elle UK:
“I started acting when I was in school with theatre studies and then music came after. It completely stopped when I joined the band but I’d definitely be interested if I was given the right role.”
Speaking of the show, a source has said: “This is a big deal for Zayn. He has been keen to get stuck into different projects outside of music and this is the perfect move. It’s a subject he knows lots about and he will call upon his experiences to advise the scriptwriters on the show. If the series does well, he’ll receive plenty of kudos in the industry”.
Casting for the series kicks off in LA this month, with producers looking to cast real musicians and release the music created in the series as a pop record.
With Simon Cowell’s Syco Records label having released all five of 1D’s hit albums, and Zayn’s solo record Mind of Mine having rocketed to become the best-performing debut album so far this year, it’s understandable why there might be a little bad blood between the two.
We look forward to finding out more about Boys as production progresses.