Murder, She Wrote is coming back for a film version a year after Angela Lansbury's death

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12 Sep 2023, 12:57

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A film reboot of the beloved mystery series "Murder, She Wrote" is in development at Universal Pictures, reigniting the adventures of the iconic sleuthing author Jessica Fletcher.

This exciting news arrives nearly a year after the passing of Angela Lansbury, who portrayed Jessica Fletcher in the original TV series, which captivated audiences from 1984 to 1996.

The production team have teased that her iconic character is set to return in this cinematic revival of the acclaimed show, known for its intriguing mysteries set in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine.

US publication Variety was also able to confirm the announcement, made by Universal Pictures, that producer and writer duo Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo are to helm screenwriting responsibilities.

The pair have popular prison series Orange is the New Black amongst their credits, and Schuker Blum is also married to Jason Blum, CEO and founder of Blumhouse Productions which is responsible for the Oscar winning Get Out and the viral sensation M3GAN.

Renowned producer Amy Pascal, known for her work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Barbie director Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women, is also on board.

Schuker Blum and Angelo joined the Murder, She Wrote project prior to the current writers' strike in the United States, which has temporarily halted their screenplay work.

The screenwriters are committed to resuming their creative efforts once an agreement is reached in the dispute.

As of now, casting decisions for the film remain undisclosed, and it's unclear whether any decisions were made prior to the strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the actors' union SAG-AFTRA.

Unaffected by the recent strikes was the team's upcoming release film Dumb Money, based on the true story about the GameStop short in 2021, which will. star Paul Dano and Seth Rogen.

During an interview with Collider to promote the current project at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Schuker Blum and Angelo continued to tease the return of Angela Lansbury's iconic character.

Lauren Schuker Blum expressed enthusiasm, stating: "We have written a theatrical feature film version of Murder, She Wrote for Universal, and we're really excited." Rebecca Angelo playfully suggested that 'Jessica Fletcher's time to return' is approaching.

Murder, She Wrote" originally premiered on CBS in 1984, captivating viewers with the adventures of mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, portrayed by the late Angela Lansbury.

In each episode, Jessica found herself embroiled in solving a murder mystery. Her investigations often extended beyond Cabot Cove, taking her across the United States and even abroad, where she lent her sharp intellect to local law enforcement agencies.

Throughout her sleuthing journey, Jessica was accompanied by recurring characters, including her dear friend Dr. Seth Hazlitt (played by the late William Windom) and Sheriff Mort Metzger (played by the late Ron Masak).

The series enjoyed a remarkable run of twelve seasons before it concluded in 1996.

As previously stated, this isn't the first time the show has aimed to make a film, although they only made it to small screen.

Between 1997 and 2003, Landsbury reprised her role for four feature length episodes of the show, solidifying the character's enduring legacy.

Landsbury won several Golden Globes for her portrayal but, despite been nominated every year for it's original run, never won an Emmy.

As Murder, She Wrote production is halted for the moment, eager fans anticipating the return of the beloved amateur detective, may have to utilise some of their own sleuthing skills to solve the mystery of when the writer's strike will end and the return of Jessica Fletcher can begin!