Friday, November 8, 2013

10 Reasons Why a 'Roots' Remake Is a Bad Idea

Brace yourself.  *long sigh*  History (The History Channel) just announced plans to remake....Roots.  Yes, Roots.  One of the most celebrated and groundbreaking TV programs of all time.  And no, I'm not kidding.  Roots - the miniseries that debuted in 1977 and earned a record 36 Emmy nominations, winning nine, including best limited series.  

A remake?  Nice.  And by nice, I mean no.  Here are 10 reasons why a Roots remake is a bad idea:

  1. Just because Django, The Help, The Butler and 12 Years a Slave did great at the box office doesn't mean the remake of Roots will do the same.
  2. Hollywood has a terrible track record when it comes to remakes.  The odds aren't good.

  3. Black people have other stories to tell.  Wake up Hollywood!

  4. Greatness (Roots) stands the test of time.  It is what it is. (Air the original).

  5. Twitter will completely shut DOWN if this remake really happens.  Explode!

  6. Roots is a classic.  You see anybody remaking Gone With The Wind?

  7. This remake is a perfect example of doing too much.  And doing too much always backfires. 

  8. A remake seems so lazy.  Create new content! (TV writers have completely run out of new ideas.)

  9. Prettttty sure America has capped off on remakes for the decade. (In other words...folks are sick and tired of remakes.)

  10. The History Channel can't give 10 reasons (good ones) why a remake of Roots is necessary. 

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