Former One Direction member and Pillowtalk vocalist, Zayn Malik, is working with renowned “Law & Order” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf to create a scripted television series about One Direction from his own perspective.
The series will be entitled, “Boys.” Malik will be the executive producer and the series will document the formation of the group. “1D,” as they are frequently referred to, got their start on the British “X-Factor” where Malik teamed up with other 1D members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke had this to say about Malik’s involvement: “Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed.” As to this project, Malik said: “Dick Wolf is a legend. The opportunity to work with him and NBC to create a compelling drama series is awesome.”
One person not happy with the project is One Direction mastermind Simon Cowell. In learning of the project Cowell said, “‘I do actually believe that when they’ve got these ideas, bearing in mind where we started, they should actually come to me.”
Malik split from the group in 2015 and then dropped his debut album entitled Mind of Mine which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 100 this year. Subsequently, the group sans Malik released Made In The A.M. in November of 2015 and then the group went on a hiatus which continues today.
Zayn’s announcement comes on the heels of his other announcement that he had to cancel an upcoming show on October 7 in Dubai. In a letter to fans, Zayn wrote:
I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.
I am assured that all tickets will be refunded.
I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon.
Thank you to all my fans who support me globally.
With love and respect always,
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor