The return to the root
“Roots” is getting a remake on History Channel, according to Deadline.
History acquired the rights to the 1977 miniseries from Mark Wolper, the son of “Roots” executive producer David L Wolper, and to the book the original miniseries was based on “Roots: The Saga Of An American Family”.
The new “Roots” miniseries will reportedly be eight hours long.
History has confirmed the remake is in the works to The Huffington Post.
A writer for the project and stars have yet to be announced.
Deadline reports History's “Roots” remake will “will draw both on the book and the original mini from a contemporary perspective”.
“We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience,” History executive vice president and GM Dirk Hoogstra told Deadline.
History made ratings waves with recent miniseries “The Bible” and “Hatfields & McCoys”.
Will “Roots” do the same?
The original version aired over eight nights on ABC in 1977 and became a ratings smash hit. The last part of the original miniseries broke ratings records.
ABC's “Roots” featured a large ensemble cast, including Ed Asner, LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson, Robert Reed, Lloyd Bridges and Tracey Gold.
Members of the cast recently reunited on ABC's “The View”. – Huffington Post