Remake in the works for classic 'Roots'

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'Roots' Remake Set To Air As Mini Series Event

It's official! "Roots," one of the biggest events in television history, is coming back to the small screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E Networks announced a remake of the popular 1977 mini-series, which follows an African who was kidnapped, shipped to America, and sold into slavery. It's set to air simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime, and History sometime in 2016.

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1977: Richard Roundtree plays a slave who brings love fleetingly into the life of Leslie Uggams in the 6th segment of the TV miniseries 'Roots' which aired in 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1977: A collage of the cast of the television miniseries 'Roots' which aired in 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1977: Richard Roundtree plays a slave who brings love fleetingly into the life of Leslie Uggams in the 6th segment of the TV miniseries 'Roots' which aired in 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1977: Richard Roundtree plays a slave who brings love fleetingly into the life of Leslie Uggams in the 6th segment of the TV miniseries 'Roots' which aired in 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actors Irene Cara (L) and Beah Richards clasp hands while sitting on a porch in a still from the television miniseries, 'Roots,' 1977. (Photo by ABC Television/Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: Logan Ramsey (as D.L. Lewis), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: Simon Haley (Dorian Harewood) married Bertha Palmer (Irene Cara), and they became parents to son Alex., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: Fay Hauser (as schoolteacher Carrie Barden), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: Simon Haley (Dorian Harewood) married Bertha Palmer (Irene Cara), and they later became the parents of son Alex., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: Simon (Dorian Harewood), Alex (Kristoff St. John) and Bertha Haley (Irene Cara), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: Simon Haley (Dorian Harewood, left) and Bubba Haywood (Bernie Casey, center) served in a segregated combat unit during World War I. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: Alex (Kristoff St. John, credited as Christoff in the miniseries, played Alex Haley in his young years) with his grandfather, Will Palmer (Stan Shaw)., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: ABC MINISERIES - 'ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION' - Feb. 18-Feb. 25, 1979, This 1979 sequel to the 1977 ABC miniseries 'Roots' continued the story of Alex Haley's ancestors from the Reconstruction era to Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots., Pictured: One of the personalities Alex Haley interviewed was Muslim activist Malcolm X (Al Freeman Jr.), which inspired Haley's first book, 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X'., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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A press release described the new "Roots" as an "original" and "contemporary" production that will incorporate more of the source material, Alex Haley's novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family." Additionally, prominent scholars of African-American history will help producers bring authenticity.

LeVar Burton, who starred in the original mini-series, is set to executive produce the television event.

"My career began with 'Roots' and I am proud to be a part of this new adaptation," Burton said. "There is a huge audience of contemporary young Americans who do not know the story of 'Roots' or its importance."

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