LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- In 1977, ABC released the Roots mini series based on the book by Alex Haley; 38 years later, A&E is remaking the groundbreaking mini series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has cast Oscar-winner Laurence Fishburne to star in the remake. Fisburne will be playing author Alex Haley, Haley was originally played in James Earl Jones in the 1977 special.
The A&E remake is described as an original, contemporary production and will include more material from Haley's novel, Deadline reports. The event will be simulcast on A&E, History and Lifetime in 2016.
Deadline also reported that LeVar Burton, who was part of the original 1977 cast, will co-executive produce. Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization are the original production company for the 1977 ABC special.