The Oscar winner was set to step into the role made famous by Angela Lansbury

By Andrea Billups
January 22, 2014 09:40 AM
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Murder, She Wrote is dead. Again.

A planned reboot of the successful TV series, set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the role made famous by Angela Lansbury, has been scrapped, even as the pilot for NBC got a commitment last October, reports.

The plot for the new version had Spencer, 43, cast as a hospital administrator and amateur detective who goes on to publish her first mystery novel.

The original CBS series, one of television’s most successful and longest-running, aired from 1984 to 1996 and earned Lansbury 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. The show’s title was taken from a film adaptation, Murder, She Said, of an Agatha Christie Miss Marple novel.

The original TV series followed a retired teacher-turned-mystery writer, Jessica Fletcher, who lived in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, and solved her own cases.

Lansbury, 88, had been against the revamp of her popular TV show, mainly criticizing the decision to use the same title.

“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote because Murder, She Wrote will always be about 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,” she said.