Angela Lansbury Thinks “Murder, She Wrote” Remake is a Mistake
Angela Lansbury isn’t giving the Murder, She Wrote remake her stamp of approval.
Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that a remake of the show was being developed, with Octavia Spencer taking on the lead role. Lansbury, a veteran actress, spent 12 seasons playing the witty detective, Jessica Fletcher on the CBS show.
“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”
Lansbury made the role what it was and what it will always be -iconic. She earned 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for her work on the show and worldwide fame. Given this, Lansbury is a little uneasy about remaking the show.
“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury said, “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 is a fan of Spencer’s work, but not for this role in particular.
“I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress,” Lansbury said. “So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in ‘Murder, She Wrote.'”
Posted on November 13, 2013, in ENTERTAINMENT NEWS and tagged Academy Award, Cabot Cove, cbs, Jessica Fletcher, Murder She Wrote, new york, She Wrote, Tony Award. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.