The History Channel is developing an eight-hour miniseries remake of one of the most successful miniseries of all time – 1977’s “Roots”.
The original was based on Alex Haley’s novel which blended fact and fiction to tell a cross-generational story that begins in mid-1700s Gambia where Kunta Kinte (played by Levar Burton and John Amos at different stages in life) is captured by slave traders and shipped off to colonial America.
The mini continues on following characters through to just after the U.S. Civil War over a century later. The overall production scored 37 Emmy nominations and nine wins, and its finale remains the third most watched TV show of all time – behind only the “Mash” finale and the original ‘Who Shot JR’ episode of “Dallas”.
History has scored the rights to both the mini and Haley’s novel. Mark Wolper, son of late “Roots” exec producer David L. Wolper, will executive produce. A writer is being sought for what’s being called a “contemporary take” on the subject.
Source: The Live Feed