‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ and ‘Bosch: Legacy’ Have Serious Crossover Potential

TL; DR: 

  • Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer and Freevee’s Bosch: Legacy are both based on characters from two different book series by Michael Connelly. 
  • The Lincoln Lawyer focuses on an attorney named Mickey Haller, while Bosch: Legacy is about detective Harry Bosch. 
  • Though Mickey Hallaer and Harry Bosch exist in the universe in Connelly’s books, there won’t be any crossover between the two shows. 

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Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller won’t be teaming up any time soon, at least on the small screen. Though the characters exist in the same universe in author Michael Connelly’s books, they won’ interact in the two new shows based on the author’s work: Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer and Freevee’s Bosch spinoff Bosch: Legacy. 

Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller are half-brothers in Michael Connelly’s books 

Harry Bosch made his debut in the 1992 book The Black Echo. More than a decade later, Connelly introduced the Mickey Haller character in The Lincoln Lawyer. Haller is Bosch’s half-brother, though the two did not know each other as children. Both share the same father, a successful defense attorney.

In Connelly’s books, Bosch and Haller occasionally interact, despite the detective’s distaste for defense attorneys. In the second Haller book, The Brass Verdict, Bosch is investigating the murder of a lawyer who has left his practice to Haller. That book is the basis for the first season of the Netflix series. Haller is also a minor character in The Wrong Side of Goodbye, which inspired Bosch: Legacy’s debut season

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ and ‘Bosch: Legacy’ won’t crossover 

Side by side photos of Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in 'The Lincoln Lawyer' and Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch in 'Bosch: Legacy'
[L-R] Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in ‘The Lincoln Lawyer; Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch in ‘Bosch: Legacy’ | Lara Solanki/Netflix © 2022; Tyler Golden/Amazon Freevee

Despite the crossover potential between The Lincoln Lawyer and Bosch: Legacy, the two shows won’t intersect. That’s because the first streams at Netflix, while the second is available on Amazon’s FreeVee service. (Bosch: Legacy is a spinoff of Prime Video’s Bosch, which came to an end in 2021.) 

“Since we have competing studios, that’s not going to be a thing in the shows. I understand,” Connelly said in an interview with AARP. “But if we got Amazon and Netflix working together, we could also solve world peace.”

Harry Bosch actor Titus Welliver confirmed that there wouldn’t be a crossover.

“Well, we can’t, because of the [bifurcated] rights. Lincoln Lawyer is at Netflix and Bosch is at Amazon, so they can’t cross pollinate,” her explained in an interview with TVLine. “But this is something that we’ve all sort of struggled with, and it goes both ways. We’ve had to do the same thing on Bosch with the Haller character.” 

Connelly is involved in both shows 

Though Haller and Bosch won’t meet onscreen, the characters’ creator is closely involved with both shows.  

“​I’m in the writing room [in Lincoln Lawyer and Bosch],” he told AARP. “That’s really where I can contribute. I don’t know anything about camera angles or lighting or even acting. I don’t get involved in casting; I let people that know way more than me do that kind of stuff. But I do know these characters, so where I can contribute is in the writer’s room. So, yes, I am involved. I wrote episodes on both shows.”

The Lincoln Lawyer is streaming on Netflix beginning May 13. New episodes of Bosch: Legacy stream on Freevee on Fridays through May 27.  

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