If you were to tell us that there was to be a remake of the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries “Roots,” our initial reaction would probably be concern for one simple reason: This is one of the most important programs of its kind in history. How do you replicate that or even come close?
Well, we have a little more confidence given what we know about the current plans to remake it. LeVar Burton, whose legendary career began in many ways with his portrayal of Kunta Kinte, is going to serve as a co-executive producer on the new project. Mark Wolper and Will Packer are serving as executive producers. The plan at the moment includes simulcasting this series across several of the A+E Networks, which include History, A&E, and Lifetime. They did this previously with the “Bonnie & Clyde” miniseries, but this is so much more of a larger undertaking. Plans for this revival have already been underway, according to Deadline, for a solid year.
Here is what Burton had to say in a statement on the subject:
“My career began with ROOTS and I am proud to be a part of this new adaptation … 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.”
We have no doubt that this was be a commercial success story, and the only thing we really hope for is that the utmost of patience is taken into account to cast the right people and ensure that the story is perfect. Why not take your time, and eventually release the miniseries for its 40th anniversary in two years?
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