A major character from Michael Connelly’s (Desert Star, The Lincoln Lawyer) Harry Bosch novels is coming to the screen. The Hollywood Reporter details an untitled series focused on LAPD detective Renée Ballard has been ordered by Prime Video. This is the second spinoff in the Bosch universe. Another series centering Det. Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector, The Wire) has been in development since earlier this year.
The announcement of the series order comes a week after the second season of Bosch: Legacy wrapped on Amazon’s Freevee. The show is an extension of the original show starring Titus Welliver ( Deadwood, The Town) as the titular Bosch, a deeply devoted and morally conflicted LAPD homicide detective who trades in his badge to become a PI. The series also stars Mimi Rogers (Affairs of State, Someone to Watch Over Me) and Madison Lintz (After, Along Came the Devil).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the spinoff finds Ballard given jurisdiction over a new cold case division in the police department. Compounded with little resources to solve decades-old cases, Ballard approaches her new caseload with conviction and empathy. While investigating one case, she uncovers a large-scale conspiracy that places both her team and life in danger.
“It is so exciting to bring Renée Ballard to the screen and to do it with Prime Video, my streaming partners for going on 10 years,” Connelly said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter. “This show will have the same authenticity and propulsive momentum of Bosch: Legacy. Fans of the books will love it.”
Kendall Sherwood and Michael Alaimo are attached as showrunners and executive producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They both previously worked together on TNT’s spinoff procedural, Major Crimes. Connelly will remain an EP along with Bosch executive producers Henrik Bastin (100 Code, American Odyssey) and Melissa Aoutae (Beowulf, Interrogation) of Fabel Entertainment. Co-executive producers include Jamie Boscardin Martin (Heat, Old Dads), Trey Batchelor (Out of Sight, Kiss the Girls), Fabel’s Jasmine Russ (Season, Bosch), and Hieryonymus Pictures’ Theresa Snider (Jean-Claude Van Johnson, La La Land).
“Alaimo and Sherwood have done an incredible job bringing Renée to life and creating a show that feels contemporary and fresh while honoring the Michael Connelly Universe,” Bastin said according to The Hollywood Reporter. “As the producers of Bosch and Bosch: Legacy, we are sure fans will love this new installment in the franchise.”
“From books to screen, Michael Connelly creates authentic and suspenseful stories, led by distinctive characters who make audiences care and connect. Renée Ballard is one of those characters,” Lauren Anderson, Head of AVOD Originals, Unscripted and Targeted Programming at Amazon MGM Studios said via The Hollywood Reporter. “She instantly captivated readers with hints of a troubled past and a protective layer of idiosyncrasies she developed to survive. We look forward to expanding the Bosch universe with Michael and introducing viewers to Ballard’s personal approach to pursuing justice.”
Bosch aired from 2014 to 2021. All seven seasons are available to stream on Prime Video. Both seasons of Bosch: Legacy are available to stream on Amazon Freevee. It was renewed for a third season in May.