Published Oct 15, 2015Back in 2005, Kurt Cobain had his Last Days dramatized with a film. Now, late pop prince Michael Jackson is set to receive similar treatment in the form of a TV show.
The planned series is called Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days, Deadline reports. It's based on a book of the same name by author and television personality Tavis Smiley (who wrote it with David Ritz).
The tome isn't out yet and set to be published in June 2016 by Little, Brown and Company. It's a novelization of the final 16 weeks of Jackson's life, when he was planning a series of London comeback shows called "This Is It." He eventually died at the age of 50 on June 25, 2009, after suffering cardiac arrest due to an overdose on the anesthetic propofol.
This planned show is part of Smiley's deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. The deal will also bring an adaptation of the author's recent memoir, My Journey sith Maya, about his lengthy friendship with author Maya Angelou.
There's no word as to exactly when Before You Judge Me will premiere. Given that the book it's based on won't be out for the better part of the year, it's probably safe to assume that it will be a while coming. We're guessing that it will be a limited series rather than an ongoing show, considering the subject matter.