ABC
Samantha Highfill
November 05, 2013 AT 08:22 PM EST

In 1976, there was Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. In 1977, there was Roots, the popular miniseries starring Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, and LeVar Burton, among others. And now, EW has confirmed that the History Channel is remaking Roots into a brand-new eight-hour miniseries.

Mark Wolper, son of Roots original executive producer David L. Wolper, will executive produce the remake, which is said to offer a contemporary take on both the book and the original miniseries.

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