This is big: According to a report on Deadline, NBC is developing a reboot classic Angela Lansbury-starring series, Murder, She Wrote, and has enlisted The Help star Octavia Spencer to star.
The new hourlong project, which has received a put pilot commitment, is a re-imagining of the long-running CBS series. Described as a light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo, it follows a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel. Set in a day where sensational headlines inundate the news, this woman’s avid fascination with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations.
Lansbury has reportedly been approached to be apart of the reboot in some form, and Desperate Housewives executive producer Alexandra Cunningham will write and executive produce. Can we talk about how awesome this casting is? It's awesome.
Spencer, who is an Oscar winner with a huge film career, explained why she decided to do a television show in an interview with Deadline: "I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with [NBC chairman] Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said ‘J.B. Fletcher’ meets ‘Colombo’ … And here we are."