‘Bosch’: Original Author Michael Connelly Doesn’t Actually Get to Choose Show’s Storylines

by Joe Rutland

While it might make sense to have Bosch author Michael Connelly pick out the show’s storylines, he doesn’t get the chance to do so.

“I don’t actually get to choose the books,” Connelly said in an interview with Newsweek. “I tell them what I think would work, and people read them and come back and this one was kind of a no-brainer right away.”

This detail is one of many that is going into the planning of a Bosch spin-off set for IMDb TV. There is still some work to do on what the spin-off actually will be called.

‘Bosch’ Author Revealed Which Book Spin-off Will Be Based Upon on IMDb TV

In the same interview, though, Connelly did reveal which one of the Bosch books it will be based upon.

“I don’t know whether people will say ‘you’re giving away too much’ but hell, I wrote the books so I can talk about it,” Connelly said. “We’re really concentrating on one book, it’s called The Wrong Side of Goodbye, which is to me, of all the Bosch non-badge books, really is an homage to the great PI [private investigator] writers and novelists.”

Connelly is referring to novelists like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, among others.

Now the spin-off picks up after Season 7 of Bosch, where detective Harry Bosch turns in his police badge and becomes a PI.

Outsiders who might be Bosch fans, rest easy. Titus Welliver is coming back to play Harry Bosch. Maddie Bosch [Madison Lintz] and Honey “Money” Chandler [Mimi Rogers] also will be in the spin-off, too.

Veteran Crew Member Returns To Guide Spin-off Show Into New World

Bosch fans can celebrate some more good news.

Executive producer Zetna Fuentes is returning to showrunner Eric Overmyer’s production stable. Fuentes directed multiple Bosch episodes. She will be directing the unnamed spin-off’s first show.

Fuentes worked on episodes of The Deuce and Ray Donovan. Overmyer also is an executive producer for the Bosch spin-off. She has three “Daytime Emmy Award” nominations under her belt. Fuentes also was a director on the long-running ABC soap opera One Life to Live. The Bronx, N.Y.-native also worked as a theater director and has several off-Broadway plays to her credit.

Fuentes directed the first two episodes of the recently canceled Netflix series Cursed.

Will Jamie Hector return in the spin-off in his J. Edgar role? Well, in an interview with Next TV, Hector was cryptic in answering that question.  

“You never know,” he said. “I am excited to know that the work we did together was able to lead to a spin-off, and I’m happy about that whether I make an appearance in it or not.” 

There appear to be plenty of unanswered questions heading into this Bosch spin-off. Like they say in TV land, stay tuned.