Michael Jackson’s final days to be adapted into scripted TV series

Tavis Smiley's 'Before You Judge Me: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Michael Jackson’s Last Days' picked up by Warner Bros

A biography that imagines Michael Jackson’s last days is being adapted for television.

Travis Smiley’s as-yet-unpublished biography, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, has been picked up by Warner Bros Television Group for development and production.

Before You Judge Me… follows the final 16 weeks of the singer’s life, focusing primarily on the planning stages of Jackson’s comeback ‘This Is It’ concert series, which was set to begin with 50 dates at London’s O2 Arena.

Jackson died after going into cardiac arrest in LA on June 25, 2009, 18 days before the opening performance.


Smiley’s book is set to be published in June 2016, promising to provide a “vibrant account” of Jackson’s last days and the various controversies surrounding the ‘This Is It’ concerts.

The Hollywood Reporter states that the Michael Jackson series is the first part of a wider, multi-year deal between Smiley, pictured above, and Warner Bros. which will also see Smiley’s memoir, My Journey With Maya, which details the author’s long friendship with poet Maya Angelou, being made into a TV series.

Smiley also hosts the late-night talk show, Travis Smiley, on the PBS network in the US.