It seems Jessica Fletcher and Murder She Wrote will stay dead and buried after NBC announced it was not going to go forward with the project which was to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. The reboot of the classic series which ran from 1984 to 1996 was set to follow Spencer as Jessica Fletcher, a hospital worker and part-time detective who self-publishes her first mystery novel.
NBC did say they may revisit the series in “a different way, possibly with a new concept,” but for now, the case remains closed for good.
And with this, it seems there’s one person who is more than pleased with the news – that being Jessica Fletcher herself, or Angela Lansbury as we all know her. BBC News spoke with Lansbury shortly after the announcement to not go ahead with the reboot was made to which she is quoted as saying she was “terribly pleased and relieved. I knew it was a terrible mistake. I didn’t want to sully the memory.”
Always the epitome of class, Lansbury stated that star Octavia Spencer was not to blame. “She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn’t win.”
So for now, our fond memories of Jessica Fletcher being at the right place at the right time to solve a mysterious murder will remain just that – fond memories.