History Channel to remake 1977 miniseries 'Roots'
Le Var Burton as Kunta Kinte in the television movie series "Roots." (Fox Family Worldwide, Inc. / August 9, 1999)
Variety has confirmed that History Channel will be remaking the 1977 miniseries after nabbing the rights to the original from Mark Wolper, son of late "Roots" exec producer David L. Wolper, along with the rights to the 1976 novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family." Deadline was first to break the news.
"Roots" will be transformed into an eight-hour miniseries for History, with Mark Wolper exec producing. Project is said to draw from the book and 1977 mini, while offering a contemporary perspective.
"Roots" debuted on ABC in January 1977, and earned dozens of Emmy noms, along with nine wins. The finale of the original "Roots" mini still ranks as the third highest-rated TV broadcast, per Nielsen ratings, with 100 million viewers.