Britney Spears is close to signing on as executive producer for an adaptation of a book she wrote with her mother for ABC Family. Based on the 2001 semiautobiographical novel "A Mother's Gift," the un

Britney Spears is close to signing on as executive producer for an adaptation of a book she wrote with her mother for ABC Family. Based on the 2001 semiautobiographical novel "A Mother's Gift," the untitled project is one of three new original films being produced by the cable channel. Jason Priestley will star in a separate project, "I Want to Marry Ryan Banks," which is beginning production later this month.

While terms of the deal are still being finalized, Lions Gate Television is expected to produce the Spears project, which will go into production in Toronto early next year in anticipation of an April airdate. No casting has been decided, nor has it been determined yet whether the pop star will appear in the film.

Joining Spears and her mother, Lynne Spears, as executive producers on the project is her manager, Rob Lee. Bobby Roth ("The Elizabeth Smart Story") will direct the film.

"Gift" tells the story of an aspiring teenage singer who travels from her home in the southern U.S. with her mother to an East Coast conservatory. Original films have been a bright spot for ABC Family. Its last entry, "Beautiful Girl," reached more than 3 million viewers Oct. 19, making it the highest-rated movie on the network this year.