Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik will executive produce a TV series about a fictional boy band who find superstardomKevin Winter/Getty Images

Zayn Malik has signed up to executive produce a new TV series in Hollywood. The Pillowtalk singer will helm a show about the journey of a boy band who go on to become bonafide superstars – perhaps inspired by Malik's own career with One Direction.

The British singer will executive produce the yet-to-be-titled series alongside the creators of the Emmy-winning drama Entourage and is currently in discussions with scriptwriters and casting directors, The Sun reports.

A source told the publication: "This is a big deal for Zayn. He has been keen to get stuck into different projects outside of music and this is the perfect move. It's a subject he knows lots about and he will call upon his experiences to advise the scriptwriters on the show. If the series does well, he'll receive plenty of kudos in the industry."

Malik, 23, has previously revealed his desire to make the transition from music to acting, but was forced to put his screen plans on-hold to commit to 1D. The singer told Elle magazine in July 2016: "I started acting when I was in school with theatre studies and then music came afterwards. The acting completely stopped because I joined the band, but I'd definitely be interested if I was given the right part."

The BeFoUr singer was a member of One Direction for nearly five years alongside Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, before quitting in March 2015 to launch a solo career. Malik has since enjoyed success with his debut album Mind Of Mine, which reached number one in the UK and the US.

After forming on The X Factor, One Direction became one of the biggest boy bands in history with their global fame earning them four number one albums Stateside and more than 20-million records sold worldwide.

Malik's foray into acting mimics that of Styles, 22, who has been filming scenes for his inaugural role in World War II movie Dunkirk. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the Hollywood blockbuster also stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance.

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The premise of Zayn Malik's rumoured TV series could reflect on the success of One DirectionKevin Winter / Getty