Justin Zackham to Write Paul Potts’ Story

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The Simon Cowell-produced story of a rags-to-riches reality music star is moving ahead at Paramount, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, about the life of opera singer Paul Potts, has attached The Bucket List screenwriter 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.

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