Tavis Smiley, renown television host and political/social commentator, is extending his talents once again to the pen via ‘Before You Judge Me’ – an in depth look at the tragic last days of King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Released in late June, the biographical page-turner “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.”
Now, while blazing the promo trail in support of the project, Smiley dishes with ExtraTV on his intention to turn the book into a TV series and even reflects on MJ’s reported longtime feud with fellow pop icon Prince. Details inside:
Recent reports indicated there were secret recordings of Jackson where he openly shared his disdain for the Prince – even claiming the ‘Purple Rain’ singer was ‘one of the rudest people’ he’d ever met. The video above, however, sees Smiley – longtime friend of Prince – paint a different picture of the Purple One.
“J.J. Abrams [‘Star Trek’] 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 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.
Smiley, Abrams, Ben Stephenson and David Brewington will executive produce Before You Judge Me, which will hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Tavis Smiley TV & Film.”