Abrams’ Bad Robot is teaming up with author Tavis Smiley to produce a series on the final months of Michael Jacksons’ life. The event, being produced for Warner Bros. Television, is an adaptation of Before You Judge Me, Smiley’s biography on the King of Pop, being released on June 21st. J.J. Abrams’ is best known for his sci-fi and action work, but now he’s delving into a new frontier: music biography.
According to Warner Bros. TV, the book “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.”
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Abrams, Smiley, Ben Stephenson and David Brewington will serve as executive producers for the event series, though no network has been announced for the show yet.
The project is the latest team up between Smiley and Bad Robot, as the two paired up in 2015 to adapt Smiley’s book on Martin Luther King Jr., Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year.