By Sean V. Lehosit
An author I’ve followed for more than a decade is Michael Connelly. His best-selling crime novels have painted a picture of the Los Angeles underbelly, which is being brought to television later next year.
After 20 years of speculating who could play homicide detective Harry Bosch onscreen, readers got their answer last week when Amazon Studios announced the star of its new project, entitled “Bosch.” An hour long pilot will be available for free viewing, and then depending on audience feedback – it lives or dies.
Harry Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver, whose recent projects included “The Town,” “Argo” and “Man On A Ledge.” It’s comforting to know the pilot is being penned by Emmy-nominated Eric Overmyer, the writer behind HBO’s hit crime drama, “The Wire.”
I tend to wait for books to come out on paperback (and hit the bargain shelf) before I shell out money to buy them. But, anything authored by Michael Connelly has been an exception. I run out the day his new novels are released and pay full retail value. Connelly has developed three book series, but the characters all live in the same universe and often crossover.
This isn’t the first time Connelly’s work has been adapted to screen. In 2002, his novel, “Blood Work,” hit theaters with Clint Eastwood as its leading man. That film was received with mixed reviews, but critics raved about Connelly’s second film adaptation, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” in 2011.
In interviews, Connelly said he was hesitant in throwing Harry Bosch on screen. After two decades of books, readers have drawn their own mental picture of the detective, his mannerisms and attitude. I think Welliever is perfect casting. Although they shaved some years off the character’s age, when I look at Welliever, I think – yeah, that makes sense.
My main concern is the pilot being distributed through Amazon Instant. I know nobody who uses this service. Most everyone I know uses Netflix or Hulu for video streaming. Added to my worries, the only Amazon projects I’ve heard of have failed.
I am stoked for this project, but not willing to pay a monthly subscription fee just to see it. This is coming from an avid fan of the series.
That is a big problem.