If you don’t think you are familiar with Dick Wolf’s work, you’re wrong. He’s the mastermind behind the Law & Order franchise, as well as Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, Chicago Justice and Chicago Fire.
Suffice it to say, Wolf has a knack for procedural drama. But now, Wolf is stepping into the world of a whole different kind of drama — we’re talking the popstar boy band variety.
That’s right, Wolf and his wife, Noelle Wolf, are helming a new scripted show on NBC titled Boys, which was inspired by Zayn Malik’s former life in One Direction, and will actually star Malik, according to Variety.
“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,” Noelle told Variety.
That sounds like a lot of industry mumbo jumbo, but the series will follow all the ups and down that come with being in a mega pop group, so we’re all in on that. It also seems like it might churn out some cool music, and you can’t beat that with a stick.
Casting Malik headlining the show is actually a genius move, if you think about it. He’s an expert on boy band drama, what with the whole One Direction breakup debacle and all.
Obviously, NBC agrees.
“Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed,” Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said to Variety. “On top of our excitement around the creative ideas being discussed, we have a lot of respect for the musical and digital ambitions behind the project.”
The Wolfs are inspired, the network is totally into it, and both Law & Order fans and One Directioners alike are undoubtedly psyched, but there’s just one surprising person who seems a little ho-hum about the deal: Malik, himself.
“It’s exciting to be diving into this project with such passionate and prolific producers,” has been the only statement about the project from Malik so far. No tweets, no Instagram posts, no crazy Snapchat announcements. Zilch.
Zayn, get stoked, bro. This is huge.
Will you tune in for the Wolf/Malik collaboration on NBC?
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