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‘Roots’ reboot ordered by History

‘Roots’
Le Var Burton as Kunta Kinte in the television movie series “Roots.”
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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.”

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.

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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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