NBC planning 'Murder, She Wrote' reboot with Octavia Spencer
Deadline reports that Octavia Spencer is attached to a new reboot of "Murder, She Wrote" in the works at NBC. The hour-long project, which the Peacock has given a put pilot commitment, is described as a light, contemporary procedural in the vein of "Bones."
Spencer will star as a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-published 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. The project will be written by Alexandra Cunningham (who previously adapted "Prime Suspect" at NBC), with David Janollari executive producing.
The Academy Award-winning actress previously worked with Janollari and NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt on the 2001 Sci Fi Channel series "The Chronicle." Her involvement with "Murder, She Wrote" stems from a meeting she took with Greenblatt. "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 says. "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."
Fans of the original, take heed: Lansbury has reportedly been approached to take part in the reboot of the series that earned her a record 12 Emmy nominations.
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