The Word: Dylan and Cole Sprouse tried to take over ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’
Remember Dylan and Cole Sprouse, the cute little kids from “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”? Of course you do, you Disney Channel superfan you. What you may not know is why “Suite Life” ended: Dylan and Cole wanted to write the last season themselves, as Dylan explains in the video below.
Apparently, Dylan and Cole planned to have one last season in a new hotel on land, where they would introduce a little boy with a single dad who would carry the show after they left. “That way,” he explains, “the show could continue, and that would also set up all the cast and crew that we’d worked with.”
Altruistic! Would anybody else be making money off this yearlong charity project? Oh yeah, the 19-year-old Sprouse brothers, who would be producers. Disney, unaccountably uninterested in giving two teenagers with no professional writing experience the creative reins and a huge financial stake in one of their biggest shows, chose to pass.
So Dylan and Cole quit. “That was a big part of it, cause they didn’t trust us enough after all that time,” Dylan explains. Trust them to do what? Something that had never, ever been their job before? I trust my mom, but that doesn’t mean I think she should pilot a jet.
Apparently, Disney tried to pitch back a very similar idea to theirs, except set in Miami and costarring Selena Gomez — and no producer credit for the twins. Shocking, given the groundbreaking nature of their “add a new little kid to carry the franchise” plot twist.