The History Channel plans to create a new version of the 1977 hit miniseries “Roots.”
According to Deadline, the cable network acquired the rights to the 12-hour drama and the book on which it’s based, Roots: The Saga Of An American Family. The project is still in the early stages of development, but sources say producers want to remake the series with a new contemporary perspective.
“We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience,” said Dirk Hoogstra, History’s Entertainment Vice President. “History in general is in the zeitgeist, which is great for us being a network whose name is History.”
“Roots” broke ratings records when it premiered on ABC in January 1977. It drew in 100 million viewers, and went on to earn a record of 36 Emmy nominations.
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