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History rebooting 'Roots'

Tony Award nominee Cicely Tyson arrives on the

Tony Award nominee Cicely Tyson arrives on the red carpet at the 67th Tony Awards in Manhattan. (June 9, 2013) Credit: AP

Details are spare, and arrival date unknown, but History Channel has indeed confirmed a report that "Roots" -- the ground-breaking ABC miniseries seen by zillions -- will get a makeover. (Calling LeVar Burton! Where are you? There's a remake out there that needs you...)

 "Deadline" had this first, about an hour ago, which had this line in its scoop:  

“We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience,” said History EVP and GM Dirk Hoogstra.

History Channel has corfirmed, saying only that  "we are in development."   

"Roots," for those too young to remember, was one of those groundbreaking moments -- actually many moments  -- in the history of television, when uber-miniseries producer, David Wolper, consigned Alex Haley's best seller to a 12-hour film that literally seemed to dominate every single conversation in the United States over the week and change it aired. One hundred million watched the finale. A sequel, also successful, arrived a couple years later, but by then "Roots" had already turned the cast into major stars- - Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Cicely Tyson, and many others. (Even O.J. Simpson had a role.)

History says it secured the rights from Wolper's estate.

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