The book about Africans sold into slavery and transported to the American colonies in the 18th century was previously adapted as a beloved 1977 miniseries called "Roots," starring Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen and LeVar Burton.
The program was followed by the 1979 sequel "Roots: The Next Generations," as well as the 1988 TV movie "Roots: The Gift."
EW.com said Mark Wolper, the son of original "Roots" executive producer David L. Wolper, will executive produce the remake.
No casting or anticipated air date were reported.
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