‘Roots’ Remake to Air on History, A&E and Lifetime Next Year

1977 The Roots TV Review

“Roots” is returning to TV next year as a big-ticket event series production to air across History, A&E Network and Lifetime next year.

Producer Will Packer and LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte in the original “Roots,” are shepherding the project with Mark Wolper, son of the original producer of the 1977 ABC miniseries, David L. Wolper.

Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray are on board to write the new rendition of the saga of Kunte Kinte, which follows his capture in Africa as a young man through his enslavement in colonial America. “Roots” is based on Alex Haley’s landmark novel of the same name.

“My career began with ‘Roots,’ and I am proud to be a part of this new adaptation,” said Burton. “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.”

The original eight-part miniseries was a sleeper megahit for ABC that aired over consecutive nights in January 1977. There’s no word yet on how many hours the new “Roots” will run.

A+E Networks execs said producers will work closely with historians and other experts to incorporate new information about the historical period uncovered since the original book and mini were released.

“Kunta Kinte began telling his story over 200 years ago, and that story went through his family lineage, to Alex Haley, to my father, and now the mantle rests with me,” said Wolper. “Like Kunta Kinte fought to tell his story over and over again, so must we.”

Said Packer: “The opportunity to present one of America’s most powerful stories to a generation that hasn’t seen it is tremendously exciting. Contemporary society needs this story and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

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  1. Sandra says:

    I have always wanted to see the original “Roots” again. In 1977 my 12 year old daughter was glued to the t.v. Please show the original this year. It is what Alex Haley wanted when the original movie was made.

  2. Whoever will respond says:

    What’s wrong with the original roots. The commercials doesn’t look anything like the original. Is this movie based off assumptions? I made my kids watch Roots years ago & they couldn’t believe their eyes. Please show the original not the “Revised” version.

  3. The worst thing about “Roots” beinf remade on Lifetime is that it was an historic tribute to brave balc people being showed onthe most racist network on television. They never use more then one black actor and they are usually token cop, teacher. Like all most networks they only use black actors when its an all black cast.

  4. All whites are evil and stole everything that’s the the story…no one living today in America today owns slaves. Next movie by A&E, Roots: Revenge

  5. No Bueno says:

    I hope O.J. gets a part. His acting was stellar in the original version!

  6. Enough Already says:

    What version of “ROOTS” will they make? Will it adhere to the plagiarized version that Alex Haley stole from a White author? What difference does it make – the whole “true story” was a lie.

  7. Julienne says:

    Great, just what our country needs, more division. Sick and tired of beating the racism drum! There were BLACK Slave owners during the Civil War. You gonna show that?

    • Whoever will respond says:

      Black slave owners? ?????? Hmmmm, didn’t know that. Wow

      • Thea says:

        Google the name Anthony Johnson, colonist. First person to sue and outright own a slave…yes, he was black.

    • Sam says:

      Why is there a need to remake this movie, one man’s lie for the most part, what going to change in the new version, what kinder gentler slavery or the BS political version, this is a waste of time!! More trouble for this country, if some wants to show their kids this u get it on Dvd, such a wast..

  8. Sam America says:

    Funny at this time with Obama and demoncraps and progressives and bias media pushing this
    racism crap they are doing this? who’s funding this Obama? Soros? PMSNBC? Hollyweird?
    the original KKK party of the Demoncraps? some progressive socialist party? funny they are
    down playing the Baltimore riots after the police turned out to be BLACK!

  9. Lisa says:

    I think this is really important, especially now. Let’s hope it’s authentic.

  10. Norman Stanley says:

    Just watch the original Roots it’s Great Viewing both the original and the sequel

  11. letitrestalready says:

    Boring ..don’t need it

  12. tlsnyder42 says:

    The original was great. Also, I cried during the last episode of the sequel series, which was also really good. The last episode of the sequel series is one of the great TV experiences ever. And, there’s no graphic sex, nudity or language, unlike HBO and Showtime crap!!!

  13. beanie says:

    why not just re-run the original? it was excellent; don’t see how anyone can possibly improve on the original.

  14. JoeMcG says:

    A remake of “Roots”? Really? Even with LaVar Burton and Mark Wolper, remaking a classic like this is always a risky proposition. What can this remake bring to the screen that the original lacked?

    • Sam America says:

      they can make it more progressive and anti American hate crap to stir up more hate and BS
      propaganda for the party that invented the KKK the Demoncrap party so Billary can get elected!

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