Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Michael Connelly Sues Paramount Over Stalled 'Bosch'

From The Wrap

Michael Connelly Sues Paramount Over Stalled 'Bosch'

by Josh Dickey

Mystery writer Michael Connelly wants the first two books featuring Det. Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch back from Paramount, and he's willing to go to court to get them.

Movie rights to the books featuring the fictional LAPD detective-turned-PI -- Connelly's first and best-known serial character -- were sold to the studio back in 1992. But neither "The Black Ice" nor "Black Echo" was ever made, triggering a clause in the contract that allowed Connelly to buy those rights back after a 15-year period with no principal photography.

As part of any buyback deal, Connelly was to reimburse Paramount for any "out-of-pocket development costs" incurred on the project.

But in a lawsuit filed Monday in Los AngelesSuperior Court, Connelly accuses Paramount of dragging its feet on gathering accurate information about what it spent on those projects, then presenting him with an inflated figure that contained costs not covered by the agreements.

The lawsuit alleges breach of contract; breach of good faith dealing; and seeks an accurate accounting of Paramount's repurchase price. It also seeks a declaratory judgment that the repurchase cost not include certain types of expenses, as well as "other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper."

Bosch was featured in 15 Connelly novels, including "The Concrete Blonde" and most recently "9 Dragons." None has ever been made into a feature film.

Paramount said Monday night that it had no comment on the lawsuit.


MP said...

I certainly hope Connelly prevails, but considering the mess that no less than Clint Eastwood made of "Blood Work" perhaps he's better off if the movies never get made. On the other hand, even bad movies sell boks.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I had no idea they were able to keep the rights to work for that length of time. Or that development costs had to be repaid. Yikes!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

We may never see Harry Bosch on the big screen. Too bad.

And I have to echo Patti--who knew?


Dave Zeltserman said...

Each contract is going to be different. Given all the people who've been screwed over the years by Hollywood's creative accounting, I'm guessing Connelly is throwing away money right now on his legal bills.