The Bourne universe is officially coming to the world of television. USA Network has given a full season order to Treadstone, a series that will take place in the same world that Matt Damon's Jason Bourne exists in. The name of the series should be familiar to fans of the franchise, as its the CIA program featured in the movies. This series will explore other agents and happenings within the program that creates these highly-skilled, superhuman weapons. Chris McCumber, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment network president, had this to say about the upcoming series.
"As the #1 cable entertainment network for the past 12 years, USA Network is delivering a dynamic lineup of big, bold programming, and what could be bigger and bolder than the Treadstone mythology?"
USA Network initially ordered a pilot for Treadstone in April. Apparently, they're into what has come in so far as we will at least be getting one season of the show. At the moment, it doesn't appear as though Paul Greengrass, who directed the bulk of the Bourne movies, is going to be involved. It also doesn't look like Matt Damon is involved currently. Though, it would make sense to at least reach out to him as a producer, even if he doesn't appear on screen in any way. Here's the official synopsis for Treadstone.
"From a producer of the Bourne franchise, Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. The series follows sleeper agents across the globe as they're mysteriously 'awakened' to resume their deadly missions."
The Bourne franchise kicked off with The Bourne Identity in 2002, which was directed by Doug Liman. Paul Greengrass then took over for 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, which is still the highest-grossing entry to date. Unfortunately, things have sort of dipped significantly since, both in terms of box office and quality. 2012's The Bourne Legacy, which focused on a new character played by Jeremy Renner, didn't quite work. Matt Damon came back for 2016's Jason Bourne, which wound up disappointing audiences and critics alike. So, why not try to bring the franchise to the small screen? There doesn't seem to be anything to lose at this point.
Tim Kring, creator of NBC's Heroes, will write and executive produce the series. Ramin Bahrani, of 99 Homes and Fahrenheit 451, fame, will executive producing and direct the pilot. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner are on board to executive produce for Captivate Entertainment, who were behind the Bourne movies. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will executive produce for Imperative Entertainment, with Justin Levy also on board as an executive producer. Production on the series is expected to begin in 2019. USA Network has yet to announce a premiere date for Treadstone.