A Roots Remake Is Officially Happening


Hollywood just can't get enough of slave stories: A&E Networks has officially announced that a remake to Roots, the hugely popular miniseries from the '70s (and inspiration for Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta"), is set to air simultaneously on History, A&E, and Lifetime in 2016. Based on Alex Haley's novel, the update will be executive-produced by LeVar Burton, who starred as the slave Kunta Kinte in the original, and Will Packer. But that's not all! A&E Networks has also picked up a six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, starring Lily James and Paul Dano, from the BBC and the Weinstein Co., which will also be simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime next year.