Former One Direction member Zayn Malik is set to co-produce an upcoming television drama for US network NBC. The drama is called ‘Boys’, and will centre around the dark realities of life in a popular boy band.
Boy bands are often portrayed as being groups of fun loving, clean living, carefree guys who’s most frequent worry is deflecting questions about possible romantic relationships. However, since the early 1990s there has been a growing concern regarding the mental wellbeing of these young artists.
Zayn Malik is in many ways a prime example of an singer who has had a crash course in navigating his way through the high pressure world of teen pop.
Since leaving One Direction, Malik has taken on a new ‘bad boy’ persona. His first solo record and accompanying music video ‘Pillowtalk’, cast aside the playful antics of his former band, in favour of a sexier, moodier sound and image. Something about ‘Pillowtalk’ seemed a little forced, and it became obvious to even a passing listener, that Zayn was being moulded into the UK’s answer to Justin Bieber.
This journey seems to have had a largely negative effect on Malik, who’s extreme anxiety issues have caused him to cancel a number of shows over the last few months.
‘Boys’ has being written by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin. The duo are perhaps most well known for being the creative forces behind ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Without a Trace’.
It seems that Malik’s story may have provided a source of inspiration for the upcoming show, and this could be the reason that the producers have chosen to involve the singer. NBC president Jennifer Salke stated: “Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world, where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed. 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.”