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J.J. Abrams to adapt Tavis Smiley's Martin Luther King Jr. book for TV

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is set to do a television adaptation of late-night talk show host Tavis Smiley’s book, Death of a King.

Bad Robot acquired the rights and will produce in association with Warner Bros Television, EW has confirmed.

The book, published by Little, Brown & Co. last fall, follows the last year of King’s life up until his assassination in 1968. Abrams will executive produces alongside Bad Robot’s new head of TV, Ben Stephenson, as well as Smiley.

Decisions as to whether Death of a King will be adapted as a drama or event/limited series have not been made yet. The project is set to be developed internally first, before being shown to networks in the fall.