Acclaimed US miniseries Roots is the latest to be getting a Hollywood remake.
Earlier this week History Channel, A&E and Lifetime, greenlit an 8 hour miniseries on African-American history, based on Alex Haley’s best-selling novel.
The ABC miniseries originally aired in 1977 winning 9 of 37 Emmy nominations and stellar ratings around the world. It remains one of the ’70s defining miniseries.
Mark Wolper, son of original producer David L. Wolper, is an executive producer of the new version along with original star LeVar Burton, plus Will Packer, Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization.
The new version will incorporate more material from Alex Haley’s source novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, as well consult with prominent historians in the fields of African and African-American history.
The miniseries will air in 2016.
Source: Hollywood Reporter