High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega and American Idol’s Simon Cowell are teaming up to make music-driven drama DELINQUENTS. Set up at Sony Pictures, it is the story of a group of teenage boys who meet in detention, form a band, and enter a battle of the bands competition. Ortega will direct a script by Alex Sabeti, with Cowell producing through his Syco banner.
Sources say that the duo will lead an extensive search for fresh new music talent, something Cowell has had proven success with, creating shows such as American Idol, The X Factor, and America’s Got Talent. Famously, he was essential in forming superstar boy group One Direction.
Ortega directed the Disney Channel hit High School Musical. The wildly successful movie spawned two sequels and launched the careers of stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. The three-time Emmy winner also directed the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It.
Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by The Wrap.