'Roots' miniseries remake coming from History, shorter than the original

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In one of the more surprising bits of TV news, the History channel is remaking the iconic TV miniseries "Roots." While the original, released in 1977, was 12 hours, the new version will be shortened to eight, Deadline reports. It's the latest in a long line of recent remake news that seems to be overtaking TV.

The news comes after History purchased the rights to the original miniseries, as well as the book "Roots: The Saga of an American Family." The new version will be executive produced by Mark Wopler, son of the original's EP.

"We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience," History EVP and GM Dirk Hoogstra says. When the idea to remake the series first came up, FX was also looking into doing it as well. In the end History secured the rights.

Since the network is still so early in the process, there are no casting details or potential air date yet. The original "Roots aired on in January 1977 on ABC, over eight nights.
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