Michael Jackson's Last Days to Become a TV Show

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Michael Jackson at a press conference held at the O2 Arena on March 5, 2009 in London, England. 

Michael Jackson's story is coming to the small screen, but probably not in the way you'd expect. 

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TV and radio personality Tavis Smiley has written a book called Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, due out in June 2016 via Little, Brown and Company. In a just-announced deal, Warner Bros. has signed a development and production deal with Smiley to turn the book (a novelistic retelling of Jackson's final 16 weeks) into a television series, according to a report from Deadline.

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Warner is also planning to develop a television series around Smiley's recent book My Journey with Maya as a part of the same deal. The company was already working with Smiley on an "event series" surrounding his book Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year, which is being developed with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.