Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is adapting a new book about Michael Jackson for television with TV and radio host Tavis Smiley, co-author of the book.
Smiley’s company said that Warner Bros. Television is on board the project with Smiley and Abrams.
The book, “Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days,” will be published Tuesday by Little, Brown and Co. Written by Smiley and David Ritz, it’s described as a novelistic take on the pop star’s final months.
Jackson, on the brink of a career comeback, died in June 2009 from an overdose of sedatives.
Abrams and Smiley will be executive producers on the TV series. A premier date and network that will air it wasn’t announced.
Abrams’ credits include “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” movies.