Phillip Noyce & Thomas Carter To Helm A+E Networks’ ‘Roots’; Questlove Named Music Producer

A+E Networks has tapped Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) and Thomas Carter (Coach Carter) to direct nights one and three, respectively, of its four-night eight-hour scripted event series Roots, a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time. Directors for nights two and four are yet to be announced. In addition, A+E has named Questlove (appropriately from the Grammy-winning band The Roots) executive music producer. He will create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters as well as produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night, according to A+E.

Roots is an historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte who is captured in his homeland in The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America where he’s sold into slavery. Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history – including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.

Roots is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original Roots. Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin Huggins are co-executive producers. Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald, and Charles Murray are writing.

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