By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 23, 2002 11:00 AM

Martha Stewart could be coming to a small screen near you in something more than just her usual TV show. Much more. The New York Post, whose business columnist Christopher Byron has a best-selling expose about the domestic doyenne, the unauthorized biography “Martha Inc.,” reports that Byron’s book is to serve as the basis for a potential movie for NBC during the 2003-04 season. (The CBS-owned King World distributes the daytime series, “Martha Stewart Living.”) “It’s a classic rags-to-riches story of one of the most famous icons of our generation,” the Post quotes NBC executive vice president for longform/alternative Jeff Gaspin as telling Variety about Byron’s book. “You’ve got this woman on TV telling viewers how to turn doilies into wedding gowns who then walks into a corporate boardroom and kicks ass. With the right tone, it could be a lot of fun,” he said, adding that he hopes the eventual biopic would contain a “more tongue-in-cheek approach” than Byron’s take on the subject. “Whatever they’re going to do I’m sure it’s going to be fine,” the author told his newspaper Wednesday, adding, “I don’t think the book is all that critical.” In a recent e-mail to Byron, says the Post, Stewart, 60, who through legal means tried — unsuccessfully — to halt publication of the tome, wrote: “I read the second half of your book and I think you could have tried a lot harder, it’s pretty sad.”