Octavia Spencer to Star in Murder, She Wrote Reboot
10/25/2013 AT 09:10 AM EDT
NBC plans to remake Murder, She Wrote with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer playing the lead role made famous by Angela Lansbury.
The original series was one of the most successful TV shows in history, running for 12 seasons from 1984-1996 on CBS. As many as 23 million viewers tuned in Sundays to watch the English teacher-turned-writer, Jessica Fletcher, solve and write about the murder mysteries surrounding her.
The new version will follow Spencer as a hospital administrator and amateur detective who self-publishes her first murder mystery novel, according to Deadline Hollywood.
The reboot will be produced by David Janollari, who worked on Six Feet Under, and be written by Alexandra Cunningham, a former Desperate Housewives executive producer.