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I just read that the new Bosch is in the works. Is there another Haller in our future? Also, I suggested to my fiancé to check out 'The Lincoln Lawyer' movie last week. She is not one to give a lot of praise to Hollywood, however, she stated that TLL is her new favorite (Great movie I agree but I think it has a little to do with main dude). Right......thanks!
I watched Season 2 last night. Extraordiarily good! If anything, it's much much better than Season 1 and I loved Season 1. Acting, storyline, cinematography....all superb. I hope we can look forward to another Season. Best drama on cable right now. This question is really a comment, but the bots require a question mark, so here it is?
Michael Connelly The main reason I chose that name is that when I approached the creation of this character I didn’t want to waste anything. I wanted all aspects of his character to be meaningful, if possible. This, of course, would include his name. I briefly studied the work of the real Hieronymus Bosch while in college. He was a 15th century painter who created richly detailed landscapes of debauchery and violence and human defilement. There is a “world gone mad” feel to many of his works, including one called Hell — of which a print hangs on the wall over the computer where I write. I thought this would be the perfect name for my character because I saw the metaphoric possibilities of juxtaposing contemporary Los Angeles with some of the Bosch paintings. In other words, I was planning to cast my Bosch adrift in a hellish landscape of present-day Los Angeles. I should point out that this is a fictional conceit. I do not consider Los Angeles to be hellish. It can be in certain places and under certain circumstances — and this is where I place Harry Bosch. But overall I love Los Angeles and love writing about it. In naming my character after a real historic figure I was to a small extent continuing literary tradition. Many writers, including Raymond Chandler, drew the names of their characters from literature and art.
Are you ever on the set when the TV show is filming? I am a retired Sergeant with the L.A Sheriff's Sergeant, and in season two, I was a featured extra in one of the episodes. Titus Welliver and the whole cast was so friendly and professional. I was very impressed with Amazon's production. Just started my writing career, thinking of a L.A. Sheriff's Detective character. Keep up the great work !
I am sorry I Myst be late to the game. I have currently get un the Harry series from the beginning as I had read several later novels. Excited to hear that a TV show is in the works. When can we expect it? Is there a title yet? Will we see it here in Canada? Thanks! Exciting news..I had better hurry up and catch up!
Hey Michael Harry Bosch is one of my favourite fictional characters period, kudos to you for creating such a well rounded and complex character, I'm excited for the new season of Bosch coming soon, have you got further seasons planned for the series or is it a season by season, see how it goes sorta thing? Could we see harry and mickey together on tv with Mat Mcconaghey cast as Haller?
Why change the beginning of The Concrete Blonde for TV? Bosch following a hooker who had almost been killed back to the garage apartment of a serial killer and going in alone because he thinks there might be another woman in there being killed, and then shooting the guy when he reaches for his wig? That's engaging and extraordinary.
Michael Connelly Thanks for that compliment. It may be “engaging and extraordinary” in the pages of a book but it is not very visual, is closed in and it could happen anyplace. We wanted to establish Los Angeles as a character at the same time we established Bosch. So from the first seconds of the show we show Harry against the backdrop of his city and carry him through the Los Angeles night and show the viewers the parameters of the show.
I'm a huge fan of both your novels and of TV procedural drama. As a writer, I'm interested in what you felt were the most challenging aspects of adapting the series to the screen. Also, there have been a lot of supporting characters in Harry's life — which ones will get core, ongoing roles in the series and why were those particular characters chosen? Thanks so much — I'm looking forward to seeing the series!
Michael Connelly I should first say this has been a lot of fun adapting these books to the screen. So when I talk about difficulties, they need to be put in perspective. It is hard to write scripts where you can never say what is going on inside a character’s head. That is the difficulty. I think readers who love Harry love him because of the way he thinks. Well, on the show, we can’t tell you how he thinks. We can only reveal him through what he says and does. Action and dialogue. So coming to this from the book world, I feel like I am missing a very big tool; interior dialogue. How Harry thinks, how he views the world, how he makes decisions. I had to leave all of that behind to work on this show. As far as characters go, that will be dictated by how successful the show is. The more seasons we get, the more episodes we get and the more of the characters from the books will turn up.