Angela Lansbury Says ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Reboot is a ‘Mistake’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 6th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

al Angela Lansbury Says Murder, She Wrote Reboot is a Mistake

Remakes and reboots have long been all the rage on the big screen, but it looks like the trend is now ramping up on television as well. For every Hawaii Five-0 (now in season 4), there is a revamped Ironside or The Munsters that fails to find an audience. However, few projects have aimed to revive as iconic a series (or character) as NBC’s planned Murder, She Wrote reboot.

News recently broke that the network aims to bring a new version of the 1984-1996 series to the airwaves and has tapped Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) for the lead. She will be playing a self-published mystery author and amateur sleuth who winds up getting involved in actual investigations. It remains unclear whether or not Spencer’s character will bear any connection to the original show’s Jessica B. Fletcher – as played by Angela Lansbury – though it seems unlikely, considering that the network is reportedly interested in involving Lansbury in the production.

Now, thanks to the Associated Press, we have Lansbury’s first comments on the Murder, She Wrote reboot. Here’s what she had to say about the project:

“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person … So I’m sorry that they have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it’s their right.”

Lansbury makes a good point with regards to the show’s title, as the concept of a crime-solving writer is essentially already on the air in the form of ABC’s Castle. Considering how key the character of Fletcher is to Murder, She Wrote, the new series does sound like it will truly be its own experience and have little in common with the original show, aside from the brand recognition of the name (a fact NBC is, no doubt, banking on boosting its chances of success).

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However, Lansbury said she has no ill will towards Spencer, despite her feelings about the new show.

“I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress. So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”

The original show made Lansbury internationally known and earned her 12 consecutive Emmy nominations. We’ve already shared our thoughts on the idea of a Murder, She Wrote reboot but are interested in your thoughts.

Do you agree with Lansbury that the new Murder, She Wrote is a mistake, or are you looking forward to a new spin on the classic mystery series? Sound off in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the Murder, She Wrote reboot.

Source: Associated Press (via Herald Sun)

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  1. “the network is reportedly interested in involving Lansbury in the production.”
    Doesn’t sound like the feelings mutual! If they call it something else, base it somewhere else and revolve it around a different character how is it a reboot?

  2. So I guess this makes Angela Lansbury a racist?

    • Please, let’s not go down that road… lol

  3. I do agree with her that if it isn’t the same character or location, it shouldn’t be called Murder, She Wrote.

    It’s just the same as this Robocop reboot and how – other than ED-209, the Alex Murphy name and OCP – it isn’t really a Robocop movie, just a generic film with a well known and popular title slapped on to try and guarantee viewers.

    • So it is just like a lot of the other television and movie projects that having been coming out over the last few years……

    • Wait…. so it is not about a Robotic Cop? Its not about a corrupt company that may have some feelers into a local Government?

      • Nope, it’s “generic action movie #2956″ but using the Robocop name to draw curious or bored people in.

        Is Terminator 2 a clone of Cyborg and Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow due to the similarities?

        I think you’re missing the point entirely and trying to score points with others who lack the ability to make a distinction or purposely misunderstanding for whatever weird reason.

  4. Anthony Ocasio looks like he’s going to win the bet.

    • I was gonna say that!

  5. Don’t call it murder she wrote, just use the tone and some staples of the old show and call it world war z.

  6. this broad is still alive???

    • That what I was thinking. I seriously thought she died in the 90′s.

    • That’s another thing that makes this amusing, how many Murder She Wrote fans are alive to even care about this? I can’t wait to see the uproar when they reboot Matlock with a Hispanic lead….

  7. Things have shifted in one ocasios favor.

  8. Sounds like NBC still hasn’t learned its lesson. No one was asking for this. Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, and Ironside. Which of these shows made a spectacular return as a rebooted series? That’s right, not a one.

    • Actually I thought Knight Rider fixed alot of its problems by the end of the season.

  9. It was for the older set BACK THEN. Who do they the producers think they’re going to hook with that title ALMOST TWENTY YEARS after it went off the air, now? Who could possibly think that’s a good idea? And, let’s be real here. Octavia Spencer is a terrific actress, but she won’t be doing a dowdy British parlor thriller novelist, will she? So it’s lose/lose. Why not just sell the actress as her own thing and let her forge her own path?
    Not that I’d be watching either way. I really like Nathan Fillion and I have maybe watched two of his show’s episodes. That kind of crime story is just beat. It’s so frakking tired.

    • That’s exactly what I said too before the knuckle dragging mouth-breathers came in with their pointless sarcasm to try and tear it apart for a quick high five from their own kind.

      Make the show its own thing and keep the Murder, She Wrote title and setting in retirement.

  10. Calling it Murder She Wrote is absurd! It’s not fair to Angela Lansbury and the original character and it’s not fair to Octavia Spencer, who should have the opportunity to create her own unique character. Why don’t they just start from scratch, with a whole new TV show with a whole new name?!!

  11. THEY CAN KEEP THE “SHE” PART IN THE TITLE, but take away the Murder and the Wrote. That title has gone out of style and has already been put to rest and has gone down in television history as being successful in its run.