Yes, I know some of you are tired of slavery movies. But the History Channel is about to give it to you one mo’gin (that’s one more time in slang speak). According to Deadline “Roots” is about to get a do-over courtesy of the History Channel. The cable network is planning a new eight-hour “Roots” miniseries after acquiring the rights to the original series.
Insert Florida Evans saying, “damn, damn, damn”.
The network is about to start discussions with writers for the project, which will draw both on the book and the original mini from a contemporary perspective. “We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience,” said History EVP and GM Dirk Hoogstra. The project originated with a remark by one of Hoogstra’s executives, VP Development and Programming Michael Stiller, who suggested the network should try to remake Roots. The idea was put into motion, and meetings were set up with Mark Wolper and the attorney representing the Haley estate. As talks progressed, it emerged that there was a second Roots remake project out there from different original auspices that had been eyed by FX. In the end, History stepped up and secured rights, clearing the way for a new Roots mini on the cable network.
The remake will include Mark Wolper as the executive producer, the son of the original producer David L. Woper, and former owner of the rights to the story. Talk about impecable timing. First Django, then 12 Years A Slave, and now Hollywood has decided to reinvent the original slavery movie wheel.
How’s that for originality? Why can’t Hollywood leave well enough alone? I don’t want to see Idris Elba cast as Kunta Kinte.
I don’t even want to ask what you think about the idea of a remake, but feel free to express yourself.