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EXCLUSIVE: Crime novelist Michael Connelly has partnered with Fuse Entertainment (The Killing, The Good Guys) and writer-producer Eric Overmyer (HBO’s Treme) in hopes of finally bringing his Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch character to series TV. Overmyer has come on to develop and serve as showrunner and lead writer on the prospective series, Connelly told Deadline today. No network or pilot deal is in place. The partnership marks Connelly’s first Bosch deal following a legal battle between the author and Paramount over rights to the character. Until 2010, the brooding LAPD homicide detective and protagonist of 15 of Connelly’s 20-plus books was tied up in 15 years of development hell at the studio.
Connelly says the partners first plan to shop the series to cable, and he sees The Killing’s serialized story line about a single murder as the model. “The Killing took two years [to solve a case]; we won’t do that,” Connelly said. “But what we are looking at is using the elements of one, possibly two, books a year, or a season.” (more…)