‘Roots’ Remake Focuses On Impacting A New Generation

Roots TV Remake
Nearly 40 years after Roots took slavery from the pages of a book to the screens of national television and changed the way we looked at black history, the iconic mini series is headed back to small screen to inspire a new generation.

The remake stars Hollywood heavyweights Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose, and Jonathon Rhys Myers as well as newcomers Roman Armstrong and Malachi Kirby.

The New York Times visited the set in Louisiana where the remake will feature the Civil War battle of Fort Pillow, which was not featured in the original series.

While the original aimed to show Americans the harsh reality of slavery by bringing it to the forefront of pop culture, the remake aims to show Americans how, 40 years later, the issue of race continues to divide us.

LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte in the original, is involved in the project but has his own reservations about the reboot.  “I’d be lying if I said I had zero trepidation and nervousness. But I do believe that we have a lot to contribute to the very important conversation of race in America, and how it continues to hold us back as a society,” he tells the NY Times.

Mark M. Wolper, the executive said that the decision was made because the original just wasn’t good enough anymore and with all the improvements in film production, a re-up was necessary. Wolper told times that his main focus was accuracy. “I’m not being modest here,” he said. “We have to make it better than the first Roots. Otherwise, why bother?”

While the budget has for the project has not been disclosed, Roots is among the costliest productions that A&E Networks has done.

Roots is set to premiere on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

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