Now that it has been announced as official I can say with great enthusiasm that we are going forward with BOSCH, the screen adaptation of the Harry Bosch novels. I am so excited about this and it would have never come close to happening without the excitement and support of the fan base that watched and rated and shared the pilot thousands and thousands of times. Thank you so much!
I know there are all kinds of questions and most of them have no answers yet. I can tell you this – the first season will be the pilot and nine more episodes. The season will draw from City of Bones, The Concrete Blonde and Echo Park. What is super exciting to me is that the writers’ room for the show opens tomorrow and a highly accomplished team of skilled writers will begin sketching out the season and then writing the episodes. I will be there too and am looking forward to taking part.
Probably the biggest question is: when can I see it? Guess what? That’s my biggest question too, but for now I don’t have an answer. Over the next several weeks the BOSCH creative team will be discussing this at length with Amazon Studios. The deeper question is what is the best way to deliver this story — all at once or in weekly installments. As soon as I have an answer I can share, I certainly will.
As far as where the show will be available, we know it will be in all Amazon territories, but now that we have the go ahead, we will begin the process of finding homes for the show in other territories around the world. So if you want to see it, let your local providers know. Next week I go to Europe to help in the process of pitching the show to new territories. I think because the Bosch books have already created a fan base in many of these places that we should be successful in interesting broadcast, cable and streaming content providers everywhere.
In addition to all the fans who came out and supported the show, I also need to thank the BOSCH creative team. This certainly has been a team effort with many people on both sides of the camera doing their best work because they already knew and loved the books or wanted to tell an LA story shot in LA. A lot of different reasons brought everyone together for the pilot and it came together in a way that made this decision — to me, at least — a no brainer. Thanks so much and keep watching here for updates on this exciting project.
– Michael Connelly
It’s official! BOSCH will be made into a series for Amazon Prime. http://bit.ly/1fFWpMV
Today we turn the pilot episode of “Bosch” into Amazon Studios. It has been edited and polished and set to music. Our work is now done and I think we have made something really, really good. It is something that I am very proud of, have no regrets about, and that I think accurately portrays the character and story of Harry Bosch as well as the city of Los Angeles. There are some things that are new but so much that comes directly out of the books and what we know about Harry. And its got Titus Welliver as the man himself. I can’t think of another actor who could so tightly and perfectly bring Harry Bosch to life.
I’m excited for all of you Bosch fans to see it. I hope you will like it as much as I do.
– Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly Answered A Few Questions For Us About Bosch
Can you tell us what is different from the books in this TV show?
In making the shift from page to screen (whatever screen that may be) we brought in a fair amount of changes to the world of Harry Bosch. First of all we wanted the story to be contemporary – L.A. right now – and yet we had stories going back twenty years about a character who ages in real time. We also had a character who had different romantic relationships, detective partners and supervisors along those twenty years, as well as a daughter who appears at some point. We also had a military history that would only work in L.A. right now if Harry was over 60 years old. So we picked and chose from all of those aspects from the books while creating a few new things as well. We built the first story/season from two of the books – City of Bones and The Concrete Blonde – as well as a short story called Cielo Azul.
The basic status of Harry in what we are filming is that he is 47 years old and a veteran of the first Gulf War in 1991, where he was part of a Special Forces team that cleared tunnels. He has now been a police officer for twenty years with a one year exception when he re-upped with the Army after 9/11, as many LAPD officers did. He came back to the force after serving in Afghanistan and again encountering tunnel warfare.
In Bosch, Harry is working at Hollywood Division on the homicide squad. His supervisor is Lt. Billets though Lt. Pounds is present in the story. His partner is Jerry Edgar and Deputy Chief Irvin Irving is an ominous presence in the story as well.
How are you involved?
My involvement in the pilot has been full time and I have approved everything we are doing every step of the way, including the casting of Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch. I think he is going to be perfect as he brings this character to life on screen. The pilot is being produced by Fabrik Entertainment, makers of previous shows such as The Killing and Burn Notice. The show runner is Eric Overmyer, who has worked on shows ranging from Homicide: Life on the Streets to The Wire and Treme.
I am very excited about the prospects of this show. Harry Bosch is not right for network TV and Amazon Studios reached out to me because they understood Harry Bosch and wanted to help me realize the character in this different dimension. We have a tight script, a great cast and production team, and I am very confident we are making something all Harry Bosch fans (including myself!) will embrace.
How does this work with Amazon?
We are producing the show for Amazon Studios which means that when it is released it will be streamed off Amazon’s instant video service. This means you can watch it on your computer or digital device as well as on your television if you have it set up with an Amazon connection. However, like HBO or Netflix or any cable provider, Amazon streaming is a subscription service provided under Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime will be needed to watch it at some point.
Michael Connelly on bringing Bosch to the TV with Amazon, SoundCloud.com/NextMarket, February 2014
Guest Blog: Author Michael Connelly on Bringing Harry Bosch to the Screen, Hollywonk.com, February 2014
Michael Connelly, ‘Bosch’ make a case for series on Amazon Prime, Los Angeles Times, February 2014
Review: Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ pilot captures Michael Connelly’s iconic detective, Tampa Bay Times, February 2014
TV’s new business model gives life to Harry Bosch, Houston Chronicle, January 2014
BOSCH: The Skinny, CrimeSpree Magazine, January 2014
Watch Michael’s appearance on CBS This Morning in December 2013.