J.J. Abrams to Produce TV Show About Michael Jackson’s Last Days
A show about Michael Jackson and his last days before his untimely death is in development. Warner Bros. TV has announced that J.J. Abrams’ — the man behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Star Trek reboot and his Bad Robot Productions company are working on a series based on author Travis Smiley’s upcoming book Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days.
Ben Stephenson and David Brewington, will also act as executive producers. So far, the show has yet to be acquired by a network.
Before You Judge Me, which is due out June 21, centers around “Jackson’s campaign to recharge his career” and centers around the “hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency” before his sudden passing at the age of 50.
Previously, it was announced that Smiley and Bad Robot Productions had teamed up with WBTV for a series based on Smiley’s 2014 book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year.
Jackson died in 2009 — weeks before he was to embark on his comeback tour — in a drug-induced death was later ruled a homicide. The physician who administered the fatal dose, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.