Adaptations of Michael Connelly’s THE BLACK ICE and THE BLACK ECHO Move Forward

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For many, The Lincoln Lawyer has been a bit of a surprise hit. It received shockingly good reviews and is doing okay at the box office. So it makes sense that we’re seeing movement now on two more Michael Connelly adaptations: The Black Ice and The Black Echo. Deadline is reporting that those two novels, both written by Connelly who also penned the book The Lincoln Lawyer was based on, are being adapted for film by producers Soren Staermose and Ole Sondberg’s Swedish production company Yellow Bird. Yellow Bird is best known for it’s adaptation of the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

All this comes off of the heels of Connelly suing Paramount for the rights of both books. Paramount has had the rights to both The Black Ice and The Black Echo since 1992, but has stalled the projects on numerous occasions. Both novels center around Connelly’s main character, LAPD detective Harry Bosch. The character has been at the center of 16 of Connelly’s novels and will hopefully be hitting the screen sometime in the near future.  Hit the jump for synopses of The Black Ice and The Black Echo.

the-black-ice-book-cover-01Here’s the synopsis for The Black Ice:

Narcotics officer Cal Moore’s orders were to look into the city’s latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don’t look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Soon Harry’s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border. Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim. [Amazon]

And here’s the synopsis for The Black Echo:

For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal…because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam “tunnel rat” who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him. [Amazon]

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  • Hairyman

    Why not make the next Mickey Haller book?

    • Shawn

      The writer of this article does a bad job of showing this, in fact it almost seems backwards, but Black Echo is the first novel, Black Ice is the second.

      Also, the next Haller book has Bosch in it, so it would make sense to establish Bosch as a character in his own movie before then. You may not know, but Haller is Bosch’s half brother. (same father)

  • Ryan

    I LOVED “Lincoln Lawyer”. I miss good legal thrillers!

    What I want to see now is them make a Harry Bosch film and then team the characters of Haller and Bosch up together in a picture. This wouldn’t be a crazy stunt. Connelly has written those books. The two are half brothers. That could be an interesting crossover.

  • J.J.

    Connelly’s Bosch series are incredibly entertaining books and would make awesome movies. If the producers have a hair on their ass they will cast Alec Baldwin or Kurt Russell as Bosch. In the books he was a Vietnam vet so an older actor would be in order. I know Hollywood will go young and change the character to an Iraqi war vet, but one can hope.

  • Rev. Slappy

    I’d rather see Bosch in a cable TV series like Justified, where they would adapt one of the novels over a 13 episode season. For that matter I’d like to see the other Patrick Kenzie novels by Dennis Lehane adapted as a TV series (Gone Baby Gone was based on a Kenzie novel).

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