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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Harry Bosch on TV?

Interesting news on the mystery fiction/TV front: Novelist Michael Connelly has partnered with Fuse Entertainment (the production company behind “The Killing”) and writer/producer Eric Overmyer (HBO’s “Treme”) to develop a television series based on Connelly’s popular character, Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch. I’ve read many of the Harry Bosch crime novels — he’s a jaded but wise L.A. detective, most recently solving a long-ago murder in “The Drop” — and have long thought they’d translate nicely to the screen, maybe with someone like, oh, a slightly older Mark Ruffalo in the role. When I interviewed Connelly last year, he was hoping that the movie version of “The Lincoln Lawyer” might help jump-start some interest in bringing Bosch to the screen; two of the Bosch novels were optioned by Paramount back in the ’90s, but sat on the shelf for 15 years. I’m thinking this could be the show that “The Killing” wasn’t; let’s hope for the best. No network or pilot deal is in place yet, but these things take time.
Meanwhile, I’m reading a fair number of mysteries this summer, as is my habit. I was dazzled by Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and wonder why the movies haven’t immediately announced a deal; maybe because its intricate structure might be difficult to translate? (But I bet it could be done.) Meanwhile Flynn’s earlier novel “Dark Places” is a go, with Gilles Pacquet-Brenner (“Sarah’s Key”) to direct and Amy Adams set to star. Seems to me that Denise Mina’s “Garnet Hill” trilogy, which I’m just finishing, would make a wonderfully dark, edgy psychological thriller; why has no British Isles filmmaker snapped this up? And I recently finished Jo Nesbo’s “The Snowman,” which supposedly Martin Scorsese will be filming one of these days, and think it should be dynamite on screen.
Reading anything good lately? Anyone else turning to thrillers for the summer? (It’s not all detectives and murky shadows for me this season; I’ll be re-reading “Anna Karenina” before summer’s out, to prep for the upcoming movie.)

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