Roots reboot for History, A&E, Lifetime

Classic drama Roots is getting a reboot.



US cable channels History, A&E, and Lifetime have partnered to make a version of Alex Haley’s American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte.

The series is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.  Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta, who is captured in his homeland in The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America where he’s sold into slavery.

Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in US history – including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.

Roots will be an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and original producer The Wolper Organisation.

Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald, and Charles Murray are writing the script.

Will Packer, Toberoff, Marc Wolper, Konner, and Rosenthal  will executive produce, with original cast member LeVar Burton and Korin Huggins as co-executive producer.

Roots will air across all three networks in 2016.

The series will be distributed internationally by A+E Networks under its A+E Studios International banner.