J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has partnered with author/talk-show host Tavis Smiley to bring his book, Death Of A King, to the small screen. Bad Robot has acquired rights to the book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final days in association with Warner Bros Television, where the company is based on the TV side.
Published by Little, Brown & Co. last fall to solid reviews, Death Of A King tells the dramatic and untold story of King’s tumultuous last year leading to his 1968 assassination. Abrams executive produces alongside Bad Robot’s new head of TV, Ben Stephenson, and Smiley.
It hasn’t been determined yet whether Death Of A King would be adapted as a drama or event/limited series. The project will be developed internally before it is taken out to networks in the fall.
Bad Robot took a similar route with Stephen King‘s bestselling novel 11/22/63, which the company acquired and developed internally before taking the drama out, landing a straight-to-series order at Hulu and tapping James Franco as the lead.
Death of a King follows the success of the feature Selma, which focused on another period in the life of the civil rights leader.