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'Roots' reboot ordered by History

'Roots' reboot ordered by History
Le Var Burton as Kunta Kinte in the television movie series "Roots." (Fox Family Worldwide, Inc.)

Slavery is a hot topic, with the success of "12 Years A Slave" and "Django Unchained."

Now History is seeking to capitalize by remaking the historic 1977 miniseries "Roots."

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The cable channel announced that it will reboot the groundbreaking miniseries as an eight-hour project, according to Deadline. Mark Wolper, son of late "Roots" executive producer David L. Wolper, will head up the project as executive producer.

The new version will draw on the original novel by Alex Haley and the miniseries for a "contemporary perspective," the report said.

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