Actress Octavia Spencer attends the 14th annual AFI Awards Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills on January 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Octavia Spencer attends the 14th annual AFI Awards Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills on January 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

*Deadline.com is reporting that NBC has opted not to move forward with its re-imagining of “Murder, She Wrote” — which had Oscar winner Octavia Spencer attached to star.

The project, from writer Alexandra Cunningham and producer David Janollari, got a lot of attention when it came together in October, receiving a put pilot commitment from the network.

A light, contemporary procedural, it was to follow a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel.

Word is that NBC is not giving up on the reboot. “Because the original series was so beloved, I hear the network brass felt they could try approaching it in a different way, possibly with a new concept,” writes Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva. “The pass from NBC frees up Spencer, who is expected to be among the most sought-after actresses for pilots this season.”