Although remakes of Ironside, Bionic Woman, Knight Rider and Prime Suspect were all bombs, NBC isn’t giving up trying to breathe new life into existing properties. Next up: Murder, She Wrote.
The peacock network is eyeing rebooting the Angela Lansbury series which ran on CBS for 12 seasons and four follow-up movies. It would be a new take from writer Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives) and producer David Janollari. Both would executive produce.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) would have the lead role as the amateur detective but Lansbury has been approached about taking part. The 88-year-old actress is still active on Broadway.
NBC has committed to a pilot thus far.
In the new version, Spencer would play a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel. Her avid fascination with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations she hears about in the news.
What do you think? Would you check out this new version? Would you be more open to watching a new Murder, She Wrote if Lansbury has a role in it?