Overmyer producing Connelly crime novel adaptation
BERLIN — Fuse Entertainment, producer of USA Network’s “Burn Notice” and AMC’s “The Killing,” is teaming with writer-producer Eric Overmyer to develop a TV series based on Michael Connelly´s bestselling Harry Bosch book series about an LAPD homicide detective.
A subsidiary of ProSiebenSat.1’s Red Arrow Entertainment Group, Fuse is also partnering with Red Arrow’s sales arm SevenOne Intl. on the international co-production.
Overmyer (“Treme,” “The Wire”) will serve as the project’s showrunner and decide the order of adaptation of the Bosch series, which spans two decades in the detective’s career.
Overmyer, Connelly and Fuse CEO Henrik Bastin will exec produce the series.
“Harry Bosch is one of the iconic characters of American crime fiction,” said Overmyer. “Cable television is the right venue for Michael’s great series, and the opportunity to adapt it for the screen with Henrik and Fuse is thrilling. We have the chance to create something great.”
The international appeal of the property makes it especially attractive for the global market, according to SevenOne Intl. managing director Jens Richter, who said he jumped at the chance to partner on the project.
“With millions of books sold and a devout international fan-base, the Bosch franchise is a global phenomenon. Adapting these incredible stories for television is the kind of opportunity that simply doesn’t come along very often.”
For Connelly, cable TV was the ideal venue for the adaptation.
“There is so much Bosch material available that I’ve felt for a long time that the best way to maintain the integrity of the character would be to take him to television where some of the best character stuff is being done right now.”
Connelly has sold more than 55 million books around the world, with the Bosch stories accounting for most of them. He also penned the bestselling series of “Lincoln Lawyer” novels, the first of which was adapted for the big screen last year with Matthew McConaughey in the titular role.