For his latest TV project, J.J. Abrams is delving into the alt-universe that was Michael Jackson’s life.
Abrams, via his Warner Bros.-based Bad Robot Productions, is developing a limited series based on talk show host Tavis Smiley’s new book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, TVLine has learned.
To be published on Tuesday, Before You Judge Me is billed as a “taut rendering of the final months in the life of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture. 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.”
The project, on which Smiley serves as an exec producer, has not yet been acquired by a network.
Jackson died in 2009 just weeks before the launch of his comeback concert series. His drug-induced death was ruled a homicide and his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
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