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.