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Old 05-11-2013, 12:16
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Amazon are going to do a 1 hour pilot show based on Michael Connelly's best-selling Harry Bosch novels that will air early next year on LOVEfilm here in the UK.

http://www.michaelconnelly.com/extras/bosch-tv/

Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch is one of my all time favourite book characters, and I've long wished for a film or TV version of him to be made. The actors and writers behind this version look decent, so hopefully it gives it a chance of being a faithful and quality adaptation. I'm sure Amazon will want it to be successful too, with it being one of their first forays into self-produced drama.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:21
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Amazon are going to do a 1 hour pilot show based on Michael Connelly's best-selling Harry Bosch novels that will air early next year on LOVEfilm here in the UK.

http://www.michaelconnelly.com/extras/bosch-tv/

Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch is one of my all time favourite book characters, and I've long wished for a film or TV version of him to be made. The actors and writers behind this version look decent, so hopefully it gives it a chance of being a faithful and quality adaptation. I'm sure Amazon will want it to be successful too, with it being one of their first forays into self-produced drama.
Harry Bosch is going to be hard to cast I think. He comes across in the books as such a complex character.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:25
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Harry Bosch is going to be hard to cast I think. He comes across in the books as such a complex character.
Titus Welliver isn't who I picture when I think of Harry Bosch to be honest, but he's a decent actor so hopefully he can pull it off.

At least he won't have to murder an Irish accent like he did in Sons of Anarchy.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:53
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Titus Welliver recently lost his wife to cancer. Getting back to work may do him good.
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Old 05-11-2013, 13:19
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Tom Cruise!
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Old 05-11-2013, 13:27
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Nooooo! He's already ruined one of all time favourite litrary characters.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:36
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Excited and somewhat worried at the same time about this. I love Michael Connelly and always though Bosch would be hard to cast. However Titus for me, does look a little how I imagined Harry minus the 'tache!

I've read about 7 Bosch novels now (well I listen to the audiobooks commuting) and the character really pisses me off at times but I love him. I always feel for his partners who have to work alongside him as he often goes behind their back, doesn't fill them in on his hunches, and is generally difficult.

Hopefully it will be a successful adaptation and they certainly got it right imo, when they cast Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller - that's exactly how I saw him

And I agree, how anyone in their right mind would cast midget Tom Cruise as giant Jack Reacher is beyond me!
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:04
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Titus Welliver isn't who I picture when I think of Harry Bosch to be honest, but he's a decent actor so hopefully he can pull it off.

At least he won't have to murder an Irish accent like he did in Sons of Anarchy.
He's not my 'picture' of Harry either, 'my' Harry is a bit huskier, more bear like if that makes sense It doesn't help that Titus Welliver looks a bit like James Nesbitt in that photo, but I am open minded and looking forward to this - and as other's have said, at least it's not Tom Cruise
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Old 06-11-2013, 13:00
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He's not my 'picture' of Harry either, 'my' Harry is a bit huskier, more bear like if that makes sense It doesn't help that Titus Welliver looks a bit like James Nesbitt in that photo, but I am open minded and looking forward to this - and as other's have said, at least it's not Tom Cruise
Totally makes sense, that's how I think of him in my head.

I think his physical appearance isn't as important as his mannerisms and the things he does and the way he thinks though. That gives me some cautious optimism that if the actor nails it, it won't matter too much what he looks like. Unlike Reacher and Cruise as others have said!
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Old 06-11-2013, 16:21
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Excited and somewhat worried at the same time about this. I love Michael Connelly and always though Bosch would be hard to cast. However Titus for me, does look a little how I imagined Harry minus the 'tache!

I've read about 7 Bosch novels now (well I listen to the audiobooks commuting) and the character really pisses me off at times but I love him. I always feel for his partners who have to work alongside him as he often goes behind their back, doesn't fill them in on his hunches, and is generally difficult.

Hopefully it will be a successful adaptation and they certainly got it right imo, when they cast Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller - that's exactly how I saw him

And I agree, how anyone in their right mind would cast midget Tom Cruise as giant Jack Reacher is beyond me!
Blame the idiot who purchased the rights to the books for film, which of course will come as no surprise is Tom himself. How arrogent is that couldn't he have got someone else who looks like him and can act? Nope.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:50
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The Bosch stories cover a long period of time. They start with Harry as a rookie (you could say they start with him as a tunnel rat in Vietnam) and end with him delaying his retirement, collecting a wife and child - who grows to adulthood - and going through a whole career progression, and numerous changes in the political landscape on the way. Partners come and go and make their own careers and Bosch crosses paths with other Connelly characters, like Micky Haller. Odd that Micky Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Terry McCaleb (Blood Work) should have made it to film, but not Bosch...

It seems to me that many of the Bosch stories would make great movies, but I'm not at all convinced that a TV series would do him justice, simply because it would be impossible for a TV show to reflect the time frame.

The same observation applies to the Reacher stories, which cover a period from Jack's early teens right through to his fifties (I think). I also hated the idea of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, but I actually quite enjoyed the movie. Again, I can't see Reacher as a TV series.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:39
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Ooh, I love Michal Connelly's books. I re read them when I go on holiday

Look forward to seeing this.

I could actually see (don't laugh) Harrison Ford as an older Bosch.

Agree about Tom Cruise ruined it for me, I now can't pick up a Jack Reacher book without imagining him as Tom Cruise
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Old 08-11-2013, 13:55
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I agree that Titus Welliver is not the Harry Bosch in my mind - he's a bit beefier with a continual hang-dog expression... a bit like a slim Sully from Third Watch, after being promoted to detective, I suppose....

When it was announced that Mr Cruise had been cast as Reacher, I was . However, whilst he doesn't match any of the physical attributes that are drummed into us at the start of each book, I think he did a great job with portraying the personality of my favourite hobo.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:35
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I can imagine Welliver as Harry, except I think his face is now too well known for me to get really drawn into it.

Personally I see Harry's face as kind of like a really dishevelled, more imposing, slightly heavier Gary Oldman, with a tache.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:38
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It seems to me that many of the Bosch stories would make great movies, but I'm not at all convinced that a TV series would do him justice, simply because it would be impossible for a TV show to reflect the time frame.
I disagree, I've alway thought a TV show in the template of Inspector Morse would be a great way to go. Although ideally I'd like to see the books made into a series of 1-hour episodes, maybe three or four per book.

I don't get how a movie could reflect the time frame but TV couldn't. If anything you could reflect the time frame way better over a long running TV series. And anyway, we don't really meet him in the tunnels, that's all flashbacks.
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Old 12-11-2013, 19:51
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Morse is a special case in that the programmes were made over a period of 13 years. Coincidentally, Dexter wrote 13 Morse books, though each TV episode was self-contained. However, each season numbered only 1 to 5 episodes. When the first series started the character was already well along in his career and the stories more or less happened in real time. In the same way, Poirot has been running for 24 years and is just about to end - again, there were only ever a few episodes per year (and a 4-year gap from 1996 to 2000). The principals in Morse and Poirot have aged naturally, and believably.

I doubt that the American networks could work to that sort of schedule.
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Old 13-11-2013, 10:59
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I think they could possibly do a full series on one book. Certainly if it's a 12 episode series as a lot of Bosch books have twists and turns. That slow pace would fit in the the current tv trend of having a slow-burn approach. I've just finished listening to the Concrete Blonde and that was a great book.
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Old 13-11-2013, 17:14
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I think they could possibly do a full series on one book. Certainly if it's a 12 episode series as a lot of Bosch books have twists and turns. That slow pace would fit in the the current tv trend of having a slow-burn approach. I've just finished listening to the Concrete Blonde and that was a great book.
I can't see a Connelly story as a 10-episode Scandinavian style slow burner myself. Both The Lincoln Lawyer and Blood Work made decent movies and I'd see that as a better option for Bosch.
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Old 17-11-2013, 23:04
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Think Titus looks fine.

Love the books and the character.

Just finished the most recent one which couldn't put down.

While we are over near Laurel Canyon, would love to see Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and ESPECIALLY Joe Pike (in his shades) recreated on TV / Film.
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Old 17-11-2013, 23:19
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I love the character of Bosch and look forward to seeing what they do with it. I agree with the others that i also pictured him as being bigger built.

Now if they could only do a pilot series of Myron Bolitar (Harlan Coben) One of my favourite fictional characters ever
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Old 07-02-2014, 21:22
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Pilot episode of Bosch is available to watch on Lovefilm for free now.

http://www.lovefilm.com/tv/?token=%3...8584%26m%3DGET

I loved it, and think Welliver did a pretty good job of depicting Bosch. Hopefully they get enough positive feedback to take it forward to a full series.
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Old 07-02-2014, 21:45
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Just about to watch it now!
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Old 07-02-2014, 23:15
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Well I enjoyed that. The pace was slower than most US police procedurals - and the better for it. Welliver's Bosch was just as I imagined him, except for the profanity - Bosch's language always seems very restrained in the books.

The bones in the woods plotline is from 'City of Bones' and the courtroom element seems to be loosely inspired by 'The Concrete Blonde'. I hope we get to see the conclusion.

Thanks for the heads up, Claymore95.
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Old 08-02-2014, 20:39
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Really enjoyed that. Haven't read any of the novels so had no preconceptions but as a series I would absolutely watch again. Really hope this one gets picked up for a full series.
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Old 09-02-2014, 14:48
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I think they could possibly do a full series on one book. Certainly if it's a 12 episode series as a lot of Bosch books have twists and turns. That slow pace would fit in the the current tv trend of having a slow-burn approach. I've just finished listening to the Concrete Blonde and that was a great book.
After watching the pilot, I would guess that's what they would do, or one or two books anyway. I reckon that would have a lot more chance of being a decent show than trying to do a case-of-the-week type procedural.
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