Singers Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill will serve as co-producers on the three-part project, which will air on America's BET network next year (16).

Bobby Brown, who is mourning the 26 July (15) death of his 22-year-old daughter with the late Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is not believed to be involved in the show.

Lottery Ticket screenwriter Abdul Williams will pen the script, while the Candy Girl hitmakers' longtime manager, Brooke Payne, has also signed on as co-producer.

In a statement, the original boy band says, "It's been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition's journey will be captured in a three-night mini-series to tell our life story through our very own eyes...

"From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five - we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one's for you."

Casting and director details have yet to be announced.

New Edition formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978 and originally split in 1990. They have reunited on a number of occasions ever since, including a tour last year (14). Brown had to bow out of the trek early after struggling to keep up with his bandmates' dance routines.