The new project of Murder, She Wrote reboot was scrapped by NBC after some careful consideration. Dame Angela Lansbury, who played the mystery writer and detective Jessica Fletcher in the original series was happy at the decision.
It was one of the most popular shows of the 80s and 90s. Murder, She Wrote portrayed Jessica Fletcher, who was a mystery novelist that secretly worked part-time as a crime detective. Between 1984 and 1996 about 264 episodes aired on television entertaining millions of people.
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Now, NBC was thinking of reviving the ghost of Murder, She Wrote in the form of a reboot project. It was to take place in a hospital and would star Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
However, after some vacillation, the plan was rejected much to the relief of Angela Lansbury who is getting on in years. Angela said that a reboot would have totally spoiled the original version.
While she respects and admires Octavia Spencer, as a fellow thespian with acting chops, Dame Angela Lansbury said that it would be unfair to push her into the role of Jessica Fletcher. According to Lansbury, although Spencer was a very talented actress, she would not be able to do full justice to the spirit of the original.
Furthermore, Angela spoke of how the idea of a reboot would not only mar the memory of the good old days it would not be able to bring back the special features that appeared the first time around. Although the producers have momentarily dumped the project, a future remake may lie in the cards.