J.J. Abrams Partners on Michael Jackson Series With Tavis Smiley and Warner Bros.

J.J. Abrams Partners on Michael Jackson
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Tavis Smiley is partnering with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions to develop Smiley’s book “Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days” for Warner Bros. Television. Smiley and Bad Robot both have TV production deals with the studio.

Smiley’s book is scheduled to be published by Little, Brown and Company June 21. It looks at the highs and lows of Jackson’s life and his constant hunt for personal privacy.

Smiley and Abrams will serves as executive producers on the project with Ben Stephenson and David Brewington. The project, which has no network attached yet, is being produced by Bad Robot Productions and Tavis Smiley TV & Film in association with Warner Bros. Television. The three companies announced last year that they are also developing a series based on Smiley’s book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year.” Smiley is also working with Warner Bros. Television on an adaptation of his book “My Journey With Maya,” a memoir of his 30-year friendship with poet Maya Angelou.

All three books are written by Smiley and David Ritz.

Smiley is the host of “Tavis Smiley” on PBS as well as “The Tavis Smiley Show” from Public Radio International.

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  1. Rachel Vorona Cote says:

    Uh, you guys might have a problem with that title there…

    According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff dept. reports released today “Police reports reveal that the late Michael Jackson amassed a collection of gruesome pornography and violent images, including “animal torture, S&M, and gore” at his Neverland Ranch.”

    Before you Judge me eh?

    http://jezebel.com/michael-jackson-stockpiled-gruesome-pornography-photos-1782318923

    • Judson says:

      Here we go again with the latest episode of Let’s Get Hysterical starring ‘new and explosive’ crap provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Dept — which no one has ever seen and which the still- dead Sneddon didn’t admit during the court trial (who knows why). Yeah, right. Jackson — also still dead — paid off everybody in sight millions and millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars. Where that massive payoff came from is anybody’s guess since he was very much in debt by that time. Oh right, he probably printed it himself in some secret room at Neverland.

  2. If Tavis Smiley is involved you know the story has been blackwashed.

    • kelsey kay says:

      Black washed? FML why do all the people with money profuse BS about him. Why not invest in positive MJ projects??

      The fan love is still strong!! xo

    • Judson says:

      Here we go again with the latest episode of Let’s Get Hysterical starring ‘new and explosive’ crap provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Dept — which no one has ever seen and which the still- dead Sneddon didn’t admit during the court trial (who knows why). Yeah, right. Jackson — also still dead — paid off everybody in sight millions and millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars. Where that massive payoff came from is anybody’s guess since he was very much in debt by that time. Oh right, he probably printed it himself in some secret room at Neverland.

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