Garth Brooks Readies Film Project, Final Album

Singer says the movie will not be 'The Lamb.'

Garth Brooks may be retiring from music, but he's about to jumpstart his next career. The country superstar said that his film production company would announce its first project in about 10 days. The singer also said his final studio album has been delayed by family losses.

Brooks, who has said that his next career will likely be in screenwriting, said that his first film project is not "The Lamb," his planned film about his rock alter ego, Chris Gaines.

"'The Lamb' is still Paramount's baby, and if Paramount says we're going forward with this, and if they're crazy enough to let me do the soundtrack, I'll go back in and do it, even though [the Chris Gaines album] was the hardest thing I've ever done," Brooks said.

Meanwhile, a "painful" and reflective time for Garth Brooks and his crew has put them in no hurry to begin work on what the country star says will be his last studio album.

Brooks and two longtime members of his recording team, producer Allen Reynolds and engineer Mark Miller all lost their mothers in the last 14 months, which the singer said has made for some collective introspection.

"Right now it's a painful time ? looking at your own mortality and family life," Brooks said backstage at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night (January 7), shortly after accepting the Favorite Male Musical Performer award. "That's hanging over us right now, but when that clears, we'll cut [the album]. When the time is right, it's right."

Brooks, 38, said he still plans to deliver the album between Mother's Day and Father's Day.

The singer announced his retirement from country music last October after passing the 100 million mark in total album sales. He promised one more studio album, but added on Sunday that he's also planning an end-of-year surprise as a thank-you to fans.

Brooks' win for Favorite Male Musical Performer Sunday marked the 11th time he nabbed the honor. "We didn't do anything this year to deserve this, but it's nice that the people gave it to us," he said.