Simon Cowell's new show will try to discover singing talent in all 50 states across America.
50 States to Stardom will feature a mini-documentary, focusing on each of the vast country's regions – while holding a contest to find a musical star from each one.
A Los Angeles TV source: "This show will mix the drama and winning format of what we see in competition, with the dramatic elements of contestants' home lives, struggles and experience.
"The show format will play out in the USA with a view to it becoming a global franchise."
A source close to Simon told Daily Star Online that the project will be going ahead.
Cowell is believed to have handpicked a selection of judges but American's will also have the chance to vote for who they believe is the biggest star.
Howard, who directed hit flicks including Splash, Willow and The Da Vinci Code, will team up with Cowell's production company, Syco.
Final details are unclear but the source said: "Simon as a judge of some kind is a huge selling point."
The news comes after it was revealed America's Got Talent: The Champions will not be returning to NBC in January.
Sources at NBC said: "they are not aware of any plans to bring the show back" due to Simon's back injury and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The dad-of-one is currently resting at his Malibu home after he sustained serious injuries during a biking accident.
Simon was due to return for the latest season of Britain's Got Talent but due to ongoing travel restrictions, he was unable.
Although, sources have revealed he will commence filming in the new year.