Jessica Fletcher vs. Jessica Fletcher: Should the Original Actor Be Consulted Before a Remake?Dresden Shumaker
It was only a matter of time before the original Jessica Fletcher voiced her thoughts on the newest Jessica Fletcher. Unfortunately for Octavia Spencer, the actress cast in the new installment NBC is putting together, Angela Lansbury is really not okay about everything.
The announcement for the NBC “reboot” of Murder, She Wrote was made at the end of October and Angela has had some time to come up with how she wants to vocalize her opinion on the matter. In other words, I imagine there were several earlier drafts of her ire not quite fit for print. So just what does the woman who has a bookshelf containing Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Tony Awards, Emmys, and is in line to receive the prestigious Honorary Oscar have to say?
I think it’s a mistake to call it “Murder, She Wrote” 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.
Lansbury feels ownership of the role, and who can blame her? Despite all of her previous success before taking on the part of Jessica Fletcher, Angela feels this character was her “greatest doorway to the world.”
As someone who is a HUGE fan of the original show, I will admit to being more than a little excited that a redo is in the works, but I can understand how frustrating this must be for Angela. Calling it the same name brings in instant recognition and buzz, but what happens beyond the first show? And does Octavia’s character really need to be called “Jessica Fletcher,” or is there a way to have a “Jessica type” that ultimately makes a modern revisit to the show exciting?
I know it is early stages for the NBC show, but I would want to bring Angela on board for some brainstorming ideas. Having her blessing will go a long way. I am so incredibly loyal to the original show that just knowing the original Jessica is disappointed is giving me pause about the redo.
Angela doesn’t have anything against actress Octavia Spencer. Far from it. Angela says, “I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress. So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”
Do you think the actors who helped create the original roles should be consulted when a reboot is planned?
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