TV series on Michael Jackson’s final years in development

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is adapting a new book about Michael Jackson for TV with its co-author, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley.

Warner Bros. Television is on board the project with Smiley and Abrams, whose credits include “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” movies, Smiley’s company said Monday.

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. The network that will air it wasn’t announced, nor was a premiere date.

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