Paramount Pictures will develop a feature film based on the unlikely overnight success story of Paul Potts, the wannabe tenor who sold cell phones until he won ITV's "Britain's Got Talent" in 2007. Simon Cowell, who created the show and as a judge was stunned by Potts' prowess, will produce the film.
Studio acquired life rights from Potts, who quickly recorded a debut album, "One Chance," that sold 3 million copies. He also is headlining 65 concert dates in 13 countries.
Known for his biting criticisms on "American Idol" and the other shows he produces through his UK-based production company SyCo, Cowell was sharpening his barbs when the shy Potts took the stage and announced his intention to sing opera.
"That particular day was one of the worst, the acts were just terrible, we were fed up and on comes this guy with a funny little suit and bad teeth who looked very nervous," Cowell told Variety. "I can remember looking at the other judges, with that 'here we go again' feeling. We had 2,000 people in the audience, and I'll never forget how much the room changed when he began singing."