36 years after the miniseries broke intense ground on ABC, Alex Haley‘s ‘Roots’ now readies to wow a new generation of TV audiences this year, after its rights were sold to Disney‘s ‘History’ channel.
Now, by way of the power that purchase has afforded them, the channel ready the birth of a new ‘Roots‘ miniseries, drawing from Haley’s original book and series, which boasted a production budget of $6.6 million in the year of its release.
Calling on ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ Mark Wolper to executive produce the project, Deadline reports that History are now on the hunt for writers to craft its script, with the channel’s general manager Dirk Hoogstra sharing:
“We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience.”
An audience, who will learn the identities of the actors enlisted to portray the release’s characters in the coming months, set to grace their screens over a period of eight episodes, all of which will air as part of the channel’s 2014 programming schedule.
Keep it locked on That Grape Juice as more details emerge on the forthcoming effort.