Because today’s teens don’t know LeVar Burton well enough to snicker when he appears in the old Roots, The History Channel will be remaking the iconic 1977 miniseries which follows the sobering journey of an African from the point at which he is captured through his enslavement. The miniseries was based on the book by Alex Haley.
The original served as a brutally honest portrayal of slavery that forced many Americans to confront the institution of slavery that many Americans had refused to acknowledge. While a remake probably won’t serve to be as eye-opening, if done in earnest, an update of the original could make an impact on many Americans nonetheless.
While the History Channel has deviated towards the sensational in many projects, it’s unlikely that they would dare mess with the original in any significant way, due to its favor among historians and critics.
However, never say never.