Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:02:09 GMT
"Roots" is a very important work of African American literature written by Alex Haley. It's about the story of his family, starting with his great-great-great grandfather Kunta Kinte, who was brought to the United States from Africa as a slave. It was important because, among other things, it told African Americans that their stories matter.
"Roots" was adapted into a miniseries in 1977, when my mom was in high school. I've seen the miniseries, and really enjoyed it. I haven't read the book, but I've read two other multigenerational novels by Alex Haley (Queen, which is the story of his dad's side of the family, and "Mama Flora's Family", which is fiction.)
Just a few minutes ago, I found out that the Roots miniseries is going to be re-made. Here's a link to an article about it: http://deadline.com/2015/09/roots-mini-cast-forest-whitaker-anna-paquin-jonathan-rhys-meyers-derek-luke-ae-1201530127/
Honestly, I'm disappointed. I have a very strong feeling that the remake is going to be bad and overacted. I also feel like this is one of those "remake something for money, b ut who gives a crap about the importance of the source material?" moments. I am not 100% sure why I feel that way.
On the bright side, there are some unknown actors in it. Plus, "Roots" is such an inspiring story, and this might help generate interest in it among young people. Besides, the remake might turn out good, despite my misgivings.
Any thoughts on this?