The 1977 ABC mini-series ROOTS is being remade by Lifetime. The television event is set to air in 2016, and Levar Burton, who starred in the original, will be co-producing with Will Packer and Mark Wolper. Both series are based on Alex Halie’s 1976 novel. The upcoming series is reportedly going to be closer to the source material, with Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray adapting the screenplay. Lifetime will be joining the History Channel and A&E to simultaneously air the event. Lifetime will also be partnering with the networks on their upcoming series adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer