J.J. Abrams is going from Star Trek and Roadies to explore Michael Jackson's last days.
The prolific producer is teaming with Tavis Smiley and Warner Bros. Television to adapt the author/broadcaster's upcoming book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days, as a TV event series. A network has not yet been set up; the studio is expected to shop it to broadcast, cable, premium cable and streaming services.
The book, which will be released Tuesday by Little Brown and Co., is described as a taut novelistic rendering of the final months in the pop superstar's life. The book examines Jackson's highs and lows -- including 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.