- Film And TV
- 12 Sep 23
The classic mystery series to be adapted to film by Universal Studios
The classic whodunnit murder mystery series, Murder, She Wrote, is set to hit the big screen, with Dumb Money writers and producer Amy Pascal attached.
Starring the late Angela Lansbury as crime writer turned sleuth, Jessica Fletcher, the crime drama series centred around the daily life of its protagonist, as she utilized her knowledge as a famous mystery writer as a means to solve and investigate various murders in her home of Cabot Cove. The now iconic series ran for twelve seasons, from 1984-1996, with four film adaptations and multiple spin-off books preceding the conclusive series of the show.
Lansbury, who was an Irish citizen and lived in a residence on the southeast coast of Cork for many years, was beloved for her role in the classic series, receiving multiple awards nominations throughout her lengthy career, earning three Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress as well as numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Angela Lansbury passed away in October 2022 at the age of 96. The star's final acting role was in the sequel to 2019's Knives Out, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, in which she appears in a video call cameo with the film's protagonist and fellow investigator, Benoit Blanc.
US entertainment publication Variety have reported that Murder, She Wrote will involve the writers of the upcoming comedy feature Dumb Money, Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, as well as producer Amy Pascal, whose work includes Little Women (2019), Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) and Molly's Game (2017).
Writers Schuker Blum and Angelo joined the project before the Writers Guild of America strike, which began in May of this year and will not resume their work on the film's screenplay until an adequate settlement has been reached. The screenwriting duo, whose writing credits include multiple episodes of Orange is the New Black, are involved in a number of other upcoming features that are currently in pre-production, including Derek Cianfrance's Wolfman and Sebastián Lelio's A24 film, Bride.
Dumb Money, directed by Craig Gilespie, charts the movement started by internet commenter Keith Gill's stock tip, as he sinks his life savings into GameStop, forever altering both the US stock exchange and his life.
Dumb Money releases in Irish cinemas on Friday 22 September.
- Film And TV
- 12 Jun 23