Can it finally be true that Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch will make it to the TV screen?
Well, maybe. Possibly. Perhaps. We'll see.
Connelly has partnered with Fuse Entertainment (The Killing, The Good Guys) and writer-producer Eric Overmyer (Treme) "in hopes of finally bringing his Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch character to series TV," Deadline.com reported.
Overmyer is to develop the series and also will act as the showrunner and lead writer. According to Deadline.com's story, Connelly has the option to write one episode per season.
But no network or even a pilot deal is in the works just yet.
And there is a reason for that, Michael Connelly told me in an email.
"The plan is to sell the show to networks around the world based on the popularity of the books in other countries," said Connelly. "This will allow us to make the show and license it to an American distributor, most likely a cable network. We are hoping this way of doing it will allow us to keep control over the story and characters, and not give them up to the network."
"I've been waiting a long time for the right circumstances to come together for me to take another stab at Hollywood with Harry Bosch," said Connelly in the email. "I think this is that moment. I am trusting Harry with a writer-producer whose work I've admired for two decades and with a proven production company that has pushed the bounds of storytelling on television. I have high hopes that Harry will come to the screen with the integrity of his character fully intact."
I would love to see Bosch on the screen and I think it would have to be on a cable network, preferably a network such as HBO, Showtime or TNT that understands the nuances of good crime fiction. And it would be ideal if Connelly has some influence over the scripts, casting and production.
In my opinion, Bosch should not be played by well known actor. I think that Tim Abell, the actor who played Bosch in the trailer for Echo Park, could handle the role.
Harry Bosch isn't Connelly's only current screen project.
Connelly also is producing a documentary film about the late jazz saxophonist Frank Morgan. The film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Project, will focus on the musician’s tale of redemption from drug addict, conman and convict to beloved elder statesman of jazz. This documentary film is being directed by N.C. Heikin.
Connelly discusses why he took on this project on what Morgan's music means to him on his website. You also can follow the progress of the documentary on its Facebook page.