Sometimes film adaptations of mystery novels don't go quite as smoothly as all parties might like. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Michael Connelly is suing Paramount over excessive costs associated with the author's buy-back of the exclusive rights given to the studio for the first two books in his Harry Bosch series, The Black Echo and The Black Ice, originally published by Little, Brown (respectively) in 1992 and 1993.
According to the article, Paramount exclusively optioned the film rights in 1995 for a 15 year period, after which Connelly had the right to reacquire them for all out-of-pocket development costs if no films were made. None were, so when Connelly tried to do so this year, there was no documentation to support the amount of costs the studio claims were incurred.
About The Black Echo (from the publisher): 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.
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