Michael Jackson TV Series In The Works

Filmmaker J J Abrams is adapting a new book about Michael Jackson for television with its co-author, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley.

The book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days, will be published on 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.

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 on Monday.

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