Michael Connelly Teaming With Dragon Tattoo Producers on Harry Bosch Series

Crime novelist Michael Connelly teaming with the Swedish group behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels to bring one of his famous literary creations to the big screen.

Last year, Connelly was in a legal brouhaha with Paramount Pictures over a rights dispute regarding his greatest literary creation, LAPD detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. Harry has appeared in 15 of his 22 novels. Paramount optioned the first two novels, The Black Echo and The Black Ice, but the studio never developed either book into a film.

After getting the rights back for $3 million, which he paid himself (writing about crime pays better than the act itself it seems), Connelly is in talks to make a new film alliance with Yellow Bird Films, the Swedish production company responsible for producing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. Yellow Bird is also producing the American adaptation with Scott Rudin for Sony Pictures that David Fincher is directing with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara starring.

Last weekend, Lionsgate released The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey. His character, defense attorney Mickey Haller, is actually Harry Bosch’s half-brother.

This is a good deal for author Michael Connelly, because by now holding the rights to the Bosch series, he will be a partner in the film venture. Though it will be interesting to see what changes are made to the character. In the novels Bosch is a Vietnam vet. So by the time he joins LAPD he’s a weathered soul with combat experience. He also loves Jazz music. Conceivably, the character could be updated to be a Gulf War vet. The real question remains, though, on who should play the role of Harry Bosch?


Source: Deadline