O Bosch universe is expanding even more. Prime Video has ordered a 10-episode series for Untitled Renée Ballard project, a Bosch spinoff about the LAPD’s Cold Case Division.
The greenlit series is one of two projects inspired by the work of bestselling author Michael Connelly that has been in the works at Amazon MGM Studios since February. The other, the Untitled J. Edgar project remains under development. Follows Harry Bosch’s former partner, Detective Jerry Edgar, who is assigned to an undercover FBI mission in Little Haiti, Miami.
O Untitled Renée Ballard project is centered on a character who did not appear in both Bosch series to this day. Follow Detective Renée Ballard, tasked with running the LAPD’s new cold case division – a poorly funded, all-volunteer unit with the largest caseload in the city. Ballard approaches these frozen-in-time cases with empathy and determination. When she uncovers a larger conspiracy during her investigations, she will enlist the help of her retired ally, Harry Bosch, to navigate the dangers that threaten her unit and her life.
Connelly will executive produce the new series under his Hieronymus Pictures banner alongside Fabel Entertainment. Miguel Alaimo (The closest, The man who fell to the earth) and Kendall Sherwood (Crimes, Your Honor) will serve as showrunners. The drama series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
“From books to screen, Michael Connelly creates authentic, suspenseful stories led by distinct characters that make audiences care and connect. Renée Ballard is one of these characters. She instantly captivated readers with hints of a troubled past and a protective layer of idiosyncrasies she developed to survive,” said Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD originals, unscripted and directed programming at Amazon MGM Studios. “We hope to expand the Bosch universe with Michael and introducing viewers to Ballard’s personal approach to seeking justice.
Connelly added: “It’s very exciting to bring Renée Ballard to the screen and to do it with Prime Video, my streaming partners for 10 years. This show will have the same authenticity and driving force as Bosch: Legacy. Fans of the books will love it.”
Bosch: Legacythe first Bosch spinoff, recently wrapped its second season and received an early Season 3 renewal ahead of the Season 2 premiere. Legacy follows Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), a retired homicide detective turned private investigator, as he embarks on the next chapter of his career; lawyer Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers), who struggles to maintain her faith in the justice system after surviving an attempted murder; and Maddie Bosch (Madison Lintz), as she discovers the possibilities and challenges of being a rookie cop on the streets of Los Angeles.
“Alaimo and Sherwood did an incredible job bringing Renée to life and creating a show that feels contemporary and fresh while paying homage to the Michael Connelly Universe. How do producers of Bosch It is Bosch: Legacywe are sure that fans will love this new chapter in the franchise,” said Henrik Bastin, Executive Producer and CEO of Fabel Entertainment.
O Untitled Renée Ballard the project is executive produced by Connelly, Michael Alaimo and Kendall Sherwood. Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate will executive produce for Fabel Entertainment, with Jasmine Russ serving as co-executive producer. Jamie Boscardin Martin and Trey Batchelor will also serve as co-executive producers. Theresa Snider will co-executive produce for Hieronymus Pictures.