ROOTS Getting a Remake

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One of the biggest TV events of all time is being reimagined for new audiences.

"Roots," the epic miniseries about an African-American slave and his descendants, had a staggering audience of over 100 million viewers back in 1977. Now A&E networks are remaking the miniseries, to air in 2016.

A&E, Lifetime and History (formerly the History Channel) announced Thursday that the three networks would simulcast a remake of the saga of Kunta Kinte, an African who was captured, shipped to America and sold into slavery to work on a Virginia plantation.

LeVar Burton, who portrayed Kinte in the original, will co-executive produce the new miniseries.

A press release describes the new version as "original" and "contemporary" and will draw more from Alex Haley's classic novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family." Producers will consult scholars in African and African-American history for added authenticity.

"We are proud to bring this saga to fans of the original, as well as to a new generation that will experience this powerful and poignant tale for the first time," said Dirk Hoogstra, History's executive vice president and general manager.
"Audiences will once again feel the impact of Kunta Kinte's indomitable spirit."

Executive producer Mark Wolper, son of the original's producer David L. Wolper, added, "Kunta Kinte began telling his story over 200 years ago and that story went through his family lineage, to Alex Haley, to my father, and now the mantle rests with me. Like Kunta Kinte fought to tell his story over and over again, so must we."

The remade "Roots" will encounter a new generation of viewers who have witnessed Barack Obama make history as the nation's first African-American president and "12 Years a Slave" win the Oscar for Best Picture, but also widespread racial unrest over police treatment of black suspects in many U.S. cities.

"My career began with 'Roots' and I am proud to be a part of this new adaptation," said Burton. "There is a huge audience of contemporary young Americans who do not know the story of 'Roots' or its importance."

 
 
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This is a good move for the new generation. Can't show the 1980's version to kids born in the 2000's. In my opinion.
 
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yep, just like jews getting tired of being shown as helpless victims in WW2..... oh wait...
Movies dealing with slavery come down the pike frequently.

Since Inglorious Bastards I don't know of another movie released covering the Ashkenazi Jew experience in WWII.
 
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yep, just like jews getting tired of being shown as helpless victims in WW2..... oh wait...
Movies dealing with slavery come down the pike frequently.

Since Inglorious Bastards I don't know of another movie released covering the Ashkenazi Jew experience in WWII.
Inglorious bastards was released in 2009.... so lets start with that year.

2009 The Diary of Anne Frank  

2009 Berlin '36  
[table][tr][td]2009[/td][td]
 France[/td][td]La rafle[/td][td]Rose Bosch[/td][td]Based on the true story of a young Jewish boy[/td][/tr][tr][td]2009[/td][td]
 France[/td][td]L'armée du crime[/td][td]Robert Guédiguian[/td][td]English title: The Army of Crime[/td][/tr][/table][table][tr][td]2009[/td][td]
 USA
 Poland
 Canada[/td][td]The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler[/td][td]John Kent Harrison[/td][td]TV movie[/td][/tr][/table][table][tr][td]2010[/td][td]
 USA
 Poland[/td][td]Esther's Diary[/td][td]Mariusz Kotowski[/td][td]Features original footage from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum[/td][/tr][tr][td]2010[/td][td]
 France[/td][td]Sarah's Key[/td][td]Gilles Paquet-Brenner[/td][td]An adaptation of the novel Elle s'appelait Sarah  by Tatiana De Rosnay[/td][/tr][tr][td]2010[/td][td]
 France[/td][td]The Round Up[/td][td]Rose Bosch[/td][td]The Vel' d'Hiv Roundup.[/td][/tr][tr][td]2010[/td][td]
 China[/td][td]A Jewish Girl in Shanghai[/td][td]Wang GenfaZhang Zhenhui[/td][td]Animated. Life of a Jewish girl with her little brother in Shanghai, and her parents in Europe.[/td][/tr][tr][td]2011[/td][td]
 Poland[/td][td]In Darkness[/td][td]Agnieszka Holland[/td][td]Based on a true story.[/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 Republic of Macedonia[/td][td]The Third Half[/td][td]Darko Mitrevski[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 Serbia[/td][td]When Day Breaks[/td][td]Goran Paskaljević[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2013[/td][td]
  Switzerland[/td][td]Akte Grüninger[/td][td]Alain Gsponer[/td][td]Based on the true story of Paul Grüninger.[/td][/tr][tr][td]2013[/td][td]
 Czech Republic
 Slovakia[/td][td]Colette[/td][td]Milan Cieslar[/td][td]An adaptation of the novel A girl from Antwerp  by Arnošt Lustig[/td][/tr][tr][td]2013[/td][td]
 Poland[/td][td]Ida[/td][td]Paweł Pawlikowski[/td][td]the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film[/td][/tr][/table][table][tr][th=""]Year[/th][th=""]Country[/th][th=""]Title[/th][th=""]Director[/th][th=""]Notes[/th][/tr][tr][td]2010[/td][td]
 Israel/
 Germany[/td][td]A Film Unfinished[/td][td]Yael Hersonski[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2011[/td][td]
 Germany[/td][td]Auschwitz[/td][td]Uwe Boll[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2011[/td][td]
 Turkey[/td][td]Turkish Passport[/td][td]Burak Arlıel[/td][td]A documentary about the Jews who were rescued by Turkish diplomats through having been given Turkish diplomatic passports.[/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 USA[/td][td]Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors[/td][td]Heather Elliott-Famularo[/td][td]http://www.bearingwitnesstoledo.com[/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 USA[/td][td]Misa's Fugue[/td][td]Sean Gaston[/td][td]www.misasfugue.com[/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 USA[/td][td]No Place on Earth[/td][td]Janet Tobias[/td][td]Documentary about a group of Jews who lived in caves in Ukraine  for nearly 18 months to escape the Holocaust.[/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 USA[/td][td]REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home[/td][td]Ethan Bensinger[/td][td]Documentary about the last generation of Holocaust Survivors and Refugees at Chicago's Selfhelp Home[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 USA[/td][td]The Resort[/td][td]Galina Kalashnikova[/td][td]www.codeoflifeproductions.com[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2012[/td][td]
 USA[/td][td]Hiding Halina[/td][td]Jeff MacIntyre[/td][td]9 out of 10 Jewish children perished during the Holocaust. Those who survived were hidden. “Hiding Halina” is a documentary about a little girl who beat the odds.[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2013[/td][td]
 Italy[/td][td]The longest journey[/td][td]Ruggero Gabbai[/td][td]A documentary about the last days of the Jews  of Rhodes.[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2013[/td][td]
 France[/td][td]Last of the Unjust[/td][td]Claude Lanzmann[/td][td]http://www.le-pacte.com/international/upcoming-films/single/the-last-of-the-unjust/[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2014[/td][td]
 USA[/td][td]Berlin Calling[/td][td]Nigel ****[/td][td]http://www.berlincallingdocumentary.com
A punk fan from Los Angeles traces her father's journey back to the concentration camp in Theresienstadt  where he spent two years of his life.
[/td][td]  [/td][/tr][tr][td]2014[/td][td]
 Israel/
 Czech Republic/
 Slovakia/
 USA[/td][td]Gisi[/td][td]Natasha Dudinski[/td][td]The story of Gisi Fleischmann, a woman who believed she can stop the Holocaust if only she succeeded to raise enough money.[/td][/tr][/table]
if you really want me to prove my point...maybe I should show the complete list of jewish holocaust movies since the 50's....
 
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In terms of marketing it's still different.

We're talking about an epic miniseries that released in the late 70s that's about to come back revised, and I don't know of many epic miniseries that end up with a reboot.

Not just including Slave films, but you have to be mindful of films like The Help, The Butler, and others released in the past decade that show African Americans in subservient roles.

So not only do you have those type of films, but you have the subservient pictures, and then the stereotypical characters constantly flooding the movie screen and TV networks.

So the pictures you highlighted are from one particular era, whereas blacks have to contend with the antebellum period, all the way up to the modern day with a tinkering of characters which aren't far removed from the Tom, Buck, Mammy characters mostly originating from blackface caricatures.
 
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In terms of marketing it's still different.

We're talking about an epic miniseries that released in the late 70s that's about to come back revised, and I don't know of many epic miniseries that end up with a reboot.

Not just including Slave films, but you have to be mindful of films like The Help, The Butler, and others released in the past decade that show African Americans in subservient roles.

So not only do you have those type of films, but you have the subservient pictures, and then the stereotypical characters constantly flooding the movie screen and TV networks.

So the pictures you highlighted are from one particular era, whereas blacks have to contend with the antebellum period, all the way up to the modern day with a tinkering of characters which aren't far removed from the Tom, Buck, Mammy characters mostly originating from blackface caricatures.
They show blacks in subservient roles....because that's what blacks went through in the era of those history Pieces. that's like Jews complaining about all the WW2 movies showing them being killed and unable to prevent the Holocaust.
 
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They show blacks in subservient roles....because that's what blacks went through in the era of those history Pieces. that's like Jews complaining about all the WW2 movies showing them being killed and unable to prevent the Holocaust.
That's not all blacks went through. There were actually free people of color during that time period who did more than be subservient to an overseer.

This is the problem I have with the portrayals of blacks during that era. It's usually told from from one particular angle.
 
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In terms of marketing it's still different.


We're talking about an epic miniseries that released in the late 70s that's about to come back revised, and I don't know of many epic miniseries that end up with a reboot.


Not just including Slave films, but you have to be mindful of films like The Help, The Butler, and others released in the past decade that show African Americans in subservient roles.


So not only do you have those type of films, but you have the subservient pictures, and then the stereotypical characters constantly flooding the movie screen and TV networks.


So the pictures you highlighted are from one particular era, whereas blacks have to contend with the antebellum period, all the way up to the modern day with a tinkering of characters which aren't far removed from the Tom, Buck, Mammy characters mostly originating from blackface caricatures.
They show blacks in subservient roles....because that's what blacks went through in the era of those history Pieces. that's like Jews complaining about all the WW2 movies showing them being killed and unable to prevent the Holocaust.

They show blacks in subservient roles....because that's what blacks went through in the era of those history Pieces. that's like Jews complaining about all the WW2 movies showing them being killed and unable to prevent the Holocaust.
That's not all blacks went through. There were actually free people of color during that time period who did more than be subservient to an overseer.

This is the problem I have with the portrayals of blacks during that era. It's usually told from from one particular angle.
That like Jews complaining about Holocaust era movies not showing enough stories about Jews who were affluent and politically connected enough to not be affected by it. Lol.
 
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i just know you posted some dumb **** without actually thinking about it....

Showing the history and struggle of what we went through is not an attack on blacks.... 

You would probably prefer the movie industry be more like japan, and act like they never did anything wrong and everything has been honkey dorey since the 1800's
 
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