Having spent nine weeks atop the Billboard 200 with his current album, "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba), R&B artist Usher could next be testing his drawing power on the boxoffice charts.

Having spent nine weeks atop the Billboard 200 with his current album, "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba), R&B artist Usher could next be testing his drawing power on the boxoffice charts.

MTV Films is set to produce a film, currently known as the untitled Usher project, built around the performer. Usher will star and executive produce. A soundtrack component of the deal is in negotiations. Paramount Pictures is distributing.

The project was brought to MTV by the performer's mother and manager, Jonnetta Patton, as well as Holly Davis-Carter. Will Packer is producing, with Patton executive producing alongside Usher and Rob Hardy. Allison Brecker-Shearmur is the executive on the project.

While the story line is being kept under wraps, the project will not be autobiographical. MTV has moved away from an earlier idea for an Usher film titled "Confessions," after the album.

Usher will next be seen playing Jackie Wilson in "Ray," the Ray Charles biopic, which Universal Pictures is releasing in the fall. He has also had roles in such features as 20th Century Fox's" "Light It Up," Miramax Films' "She's All That" and Dimension Films' "The Faculty." His TV credits include "American Dreams," "The Twilight Zone" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."