Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is set to star in a remake of “Murder, She Wrote.”
“The Help” star will play the lead in the drama reboot that has been picked up by NBC. The original “Murder, She Wrote” starred Angela Lansbury and ran for 12 seasons.
According to Deadline.com, the new “Murder, She Wrote” will be “light” and “contemporary” and follow a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth 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.
“I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with 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,” Spencer told Deadline. “I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Dave Janollari again, and Alex Cunningham a brilliant writer who shares my love for all things mysterious and Angela Lansbury.”
The reboot will be executive produced by former “Desperate Housewives” producer Alexandra Cunningham.
The new “Murder, She Wrote” will feature the same theme music as the original series.