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.
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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