J.J. Abrams Developing Michael Jackson Series

An event TV series about Michael Jackson, based on a book by Travis Smiley and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, is currently in the works.

An event series about the late "King of Pop" is currently in the works, with acclaimed filmmaker J.J. Abrams to executive produce via his company Bad Robot. This show, for Warner Bros. TV, will be based on Tavis Smiley's book Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days.

The book has been described as "a taut novelistic rendering of the final months in the life of" the doomed icon. It "examines the soaring highs and deep lows faced by the late pop star—his constant hunt for privacy in a life that was more public than almost any other and the pressures he endured as someone whose fame made him socially fragile and almost unable to live."

The legacy of the flamboyant and controversial music artist lives on, fed by a large fan base around the world, seven years after his sudden death in 2009.

Smiley will also serve as an executive producer, along with Abrams, Ben Stephenson and David Brewington.

Tavis Smiley is best known as the host of two popular programs—his self-titled talk show on PBS and his radio show on PRI. Another of his books, My Journey with Maya, is also being adapted by WBTV, chronicling his nearly 30-year friendship with author/poet Maya Angelou.

This is actually the second time that Smiley and Bad Robot have partnered to adapt one of Smiley's books into a series. Word broke last year that they were planning to work together on an event series based on Smiley's novel about Martin Luther King Jr.

Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days is being released by Little Brown and Co. this month.


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