Simon Cowell Producing Potts Story

Simon Cowell may be known for his cynical criticism on the various forms of “Idol” in the US & UK, but every now and then even he is left floored.

One of the most famous incidents was last year involving the unassuming cell phone salesman Paul Potts, and now Paramount Pictures is developing a feature film based on the unlikely overnight success story reports Variety.

Potts turned up on ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent” last year, a show which allowed people to basically perform whatever talent act they’d like and be judged ‘Idol’ style by three panelists including Cowell himself.

After a series of uninteresting acts that irked the judges and audience, the average looking, down on his luck guy turned up and revealed he planned to sing opera – specifically Nessun Dorma from Turandot which has been made famous by the late Luciano Pavarotti’s renditions of it over the years.

Potts went on to quickly record a debut album, “One Chance,” which sold 3 million copies. He’s also headlining 65 concert dates in 13 countries.

Now, Relevant Entertainment acquired life rights from Potts and began planning a “Billy Elliot” style uplifting comedy. Paramount execs needed to only watch YouTube clips of Potts’ performances to hop onboard the project.

Cowell will produce the picture, no word on casting or production dates as yet.