Reports confirm that the History Channel will be remaking the 1977 cult hit TV show, “Roots.” The network has obtained the rights to the original series from Mark Wolper, son of late executive producer David L. Wolper, along with the rights to the 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family.
“Roots” will be revamped as an eight-hour miniseries drawing from the book and the 1977 series while offering a fresh, contemporary perspective. Mark Wolper will executive produce the project.
“Roots” first debuted in January 1977 on ABC. The miniseries was so successful that it garnered 37 Emmy nominations and walked away with nine wins. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. Today the miniseries remains the third highest-rated TV series, per Nielsen ratings, with more than 100 million viewers. – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie