Simon Cowell is adding movie producer to his resume.
The acerbic American Idol judge is set to produce Paramount’s One Chance, the inspiring rags-to-riches story of opera singer Paul Potts, who rose to fame on Simon’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Simon is producing the flick along with Relevant Entertainment’s Michael Menchel and Steve Whitney while The Bucket List‘s Justin Zackham has been tapped to write the screenplay.
Now a household name, 37-year-old Paul was a down-and-out phone salesman and aspiring opera singer when he auditioned for Talent on a whim in 2007. Winning over Simon, the other judges and fans alike, he became a YouTube hit and has since released a No. 1 album, One Chance.
This will be Simon’s first movie producing credit — but he’s aiming for more. His next project Star Struck, about a musical reality show, is in development.