Angela Lansbury's 'Murder, She Wrote' Gets Big Screen Treatment

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Angela Lansbury's 'Murder, She Wrote' Gets Big Screen Treatment

Universal Pictures has tapped writers Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo and producer Amy Pascal to bring the Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate) television series "Murder, She Wrote" to theaters. 

While Blum and Angelo joined the project before to the writer's strike began, They will not resume work on the screenplay until the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a deal. Blum and Angelo's representatives stated that the adaptation is among the writers' next projects.

The original "Murder, She Wrote" series ran on CBS for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996. It starred Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, who solved murders in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine and while Lansbury scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for every season, she never took home the award.

The show was created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, and William Link and was produced by Universal Television.

Blum and Angelo have also co-written the screenplay for the biographical dramedy "Dumb Money," which stars Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Pete Davidson, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Dane DeHaan and Vincent D'Onofrio. The film, based on the 2021 book "The Antisocial Network" by Ben Mezrich follows the true story of a group of investors involved in the GameStop short squeeze. Dumb Money, which is directed by Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours), will open wide in theaters on Sept. 29th.

Pascal, formerly the co-chief of Sony Pictures,  moved her Pascal Pictures banner to Universal in 2019. During her tenure at Sony, she produced the "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse" film series, Greta Gerwig's "Little Women" and "Molly's Game.


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