He'll be working alongside author and Jackson fan Tavis Smiley.
As we approach the 7th anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, director J.J. Abrams and author Tavis Smiley announce that they are uniting to develop a TV show about the last few months of the King of Pop's life. It will be based on brand new book by Smiley himself.
Michael Jackson's final days to play out in TV mini-series
Today (June 21st 2016), Tavis Smiley has unveiled his 'novelistic rendering' of Michael Jackson's last few months of life in the book 'Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days' through Little Brown and Co.. And with semi-fictional accounts of real celebrity events, such as 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story', becoming remarkably popular, it will later be turned into a mini-series with Smiley as executive producer alongside 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' director J.J. Abrams.
No network has been attached to the project as of yet, but Warner Bros. Television is thought to be producing it.
Michael Jackson died from cardiac arrest at the age of 50 in his home on June 25th 2009. Just two days before his death, he was seen rehearsing at the Staples Center in LA for his major comeback tour 'This Is It', which obviously never took place. He was also reported to have been working on a clothing line with Christian Audigier.
According to Smiley, there's was plenty more going on in the run-up to his death. 'In the last 16 weeks of his life, he's self-medicating, he's changing managers like he's changing underwear, his father is on his case to do a reunion tour with his brothers, he's got creditors coming at him', he explained to USA Today.
Much controversy surrounded the circumstances of Jackson's death, and in the end his doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for administering the drug which killed him and sentenced to prison.
Abrams and Smiley are also thought to be developing another show based on Smiley's 2014 book 'Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year', which is rather self-explanatory.