The Word: Dylan and Cole Sprouse tried to take over ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’

Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse teach a master workshop as CTA/Starlight Foundation honor Dylan & Cole Sprouse at Cochrane Theatre on January 29, 2011 in London, England.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse wanted to write the final season of their Disney Channel TV show themselves.

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.



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  1. Melinda, try to be less pretentious and sarcastic and a little more objective in your articles. If you were in their situation you’d likely want the same. They’re ready to move on with their careers and were wanting to set up a smooth transition to keep the cast and crew they grew up with employed. SIX YEARS on set and the lead roles on the show is hardly a “risk” for a producers credit on an established series. They were trying to bring in a new team. It would be the same camera ops, directors, grips, lights, sound, and cast. They weren’t asking to line produce. Do you know anything at all about production? Co producer credits would have simply given them a title, some funding, and credentials. Not exactly a back-breaker for Disney nor very “risky”.

  2. EDIT *They WEREN’T trying to bring in a new team*

    No edit feature and a page that automatically recycles, losing your data, while you’re leaving a comment? Come on Metro..you can do better.