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“Roots,” the classic 1977 miniseries that aired on ABC, is making a return to the small screen as a remake equipped with three networks on tap to reintroduce it to viewers as an event series. reports the remake will be executive produced by Will Packer (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”) and Mark Wolper, whose Wolper Organization produced the original “Roots” miniseries. In addition, original “Roots” star LeVar Burton will serve as co-executive producer.

“My career began with ‘Roots’ and I am proud to be a part of this new adaptation,” Burton said in a statement. “There is a huge audience of contemporary young Americans who do not know the story of ‘Roots’ or its importance. I believe now is the right time to tell this story so that we can all be reminded of its impact on our culture and identity.”

Based on Alex Haley’s 1976 book of the same name, the original “Roots” chronicles the history of Haley’s family from the abduction from Africa of Kunta Kinte, who was sold into slavery, through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and emancipation. In addition to Burton, the miniseries starred Louis Gossett, Jr., John Amos, Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, Scatman Crothers, Roxie Roker, Cicely Tyson, Ed Asner, O.J. Simpson, Richard Roundtree, Maya Angelou and George Hamilton.

The new version of “Roots” will be an original, contemporary production that will incorporate more material from Haley’s novel as well as new research. Writers for the remake include Lawrence Konner (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos,”), Mark Rosenthal (“Mona Lisa Smile,” “Planet of the Apes”), Alison McDonald (“Alpha House,” “Nurse Jackie”) and Charles Murray (“Sons of Anarchy”). The project originally had Allen Hughes was originally attached to direct the project, the ultimately pulled out due to scheduling conflicts.

The “Roots” remake is slated to air in 2016 on the History channel, A&E and Lifetime.

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10 thoughts on “‘Roots’ Remake to Air on History, A&E & Lifetime as an Event Series

  1. Itsa Shame on said:

    THIS IS A DISGRACE! You wonder why the whites act the way they do? There is always some white man that is ready to fund this. It reminds the ignorant black people where they came from and really aren’t still FAR FROM. To the idiot up top…you can’t even spell but you say you like the picture that goes with this article. Typical confederate flag displaying FOOL. Poor and uneducated.

  2. Why remake/reair this series?? All it does is insite anger and shows blacks as inferior to the “White Man”. It pissed me off then, and with all the crap happening in 2015 with racism, it’s sure to piss many people off again.

    • With a joking aside. Roots, as historically as accurate as possible should be shown. The only way to learn from history, is to have it accurately presented, shown how it was wrong, why it was wrong, then teach our children why it should never happen again. What happened, happened, it can not be undone, however we can make sure it never happens again. There will be a day of reckoning, the Lord himself will make everything right. This is why the bible says “vengeance is mine”. When we stand before the Lord, we will see that nothing escaped his eye, not even out thoughts.

    • sharongarfield Right On. They need to get their facts straight. They want to show us that Blacks made it North so they could turn out as prostitutes for the solders like In, “The Book of Black folk,’ what it they call it series. I will never watch another Black anything after that.

  3. LadyM on said:

    I really hope that this is not a “remake” but a new story as this quote seems to say: “The new version of “Roots” will be an original, contemporary production that will incorporate more material from Haley’s novel as well as new research.”

    There are other stories about our experience that can be told…

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