Tavis Smiley has plans with J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot to develop a TV event series for Warner Bros. Television based on Smiley’s book Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, a deal between Smiley and Warners Bros. Television was announced last October. Smiley’s book will be published June 21 by Little, Brown and Company. Before You Judge Me looks into the final days of Jackson’s social presence, focusing on his public persona as a pop star searching for privacy.
Smiley’s two other books on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Maya Angelou, respectively, are in development for TV adaptations as well.
No TV network has yet to be attached to the project.