The Simon Cowell-produced story of a rags-to-riches reality music star is moving ahead at Paramount. The project, about the life of opera singer Paul Potts, has attached "The Bucket List" scribe Justin Zackham to pen the screenplay. It also has been given a name, "One Chance," based on the singer's last-ditch effort to make a career in music by competing on the "Britain's Got Talent" television show.
An amateur opera singer and mobile-phone salesman, Potts was riddled by a streak of bad luck when, on a lark, he auditioned for "Talent" in 2007. His on-air performances ended up bowling over audiences and judges, including Cowell. He went on to win the show and become a media and YouTube sensation, eventually going on a global music tour and releasing an album.
The film is expected to be a comedy-drama that tracks Potts' hard-luck story up through his "Talent" performances.
Cowell, the British hyphenate who brought "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent" to these shores, is making his studio debut with "Chance." He also is developing "Star Struck," a scripted tale about a musical reality show that has not yet been set up at a studio.