American TV network NBC is planning to reboot mystery drama Murder, She Wrote with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer taking on the sleuthing duties.
The plot will revolve around a hospital administrator who becomes embroiled in homicide investigations after self-publishing her first mystery novel. The drama is set to be written by Desperate Housewives alumnus Alexandra Cunningham and produced by David Janollari, who previously worked on Six Feet Under.
The original incarnation of Murder, She Wrote ran for 12 seasons between 1984 and 1996 and went on to spawn a further four made-for-TV movies. Deadline reports that Angela Lansbury – who starred as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher – “has been approached to be a part of the reboot”.
Octavia Spencer, who won an Academy award for The Help, said of the project: “I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with Bob Greenblatt [NBC chairman], he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said ‘JB Fletcher’ meets ‘Columbo’… And here we are.”
Writer Alexandra Cunningham added: “To get the chance to reimagine Murder, She Wrote for a dynamic and multi-faceted actress like Octavia is a thrill and a pleasure.”
See the original intro to Murder, She Wrote below: