In a news article over at THR about upcoming pilots for the USA Network we found out that a Bourne prequel series is in the works… not featuring Jason Bourne.
Here’s the gist of what has been revealed so far:
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. From Universal Cable Productions, Treadstone is written and executive produced by Tim Kring. Ramin Bahrani, who will direct the pilot, will also serve as an executive producer. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner will executive produce on behalf of Captivate; Justin Levy will executive produce alongside Bradley Thomas on behalf of Imperative Entertainment.
Sure, a TV series focusing on Treadstone sounds like a pretty great idea, but, on the other hand, is anyone going to watch it if Jason Bourne is not going to show up? If Matt Damon was attached as a producer it would maybe show some signs that he could show up as Bourne down the road. The main thing this series has to worry about is putting together the right cast and picking which parts of the film series to tie into. Personally, I would not be opposed to them delving and fleshing out aspects of The Bourne Legacy and Operation Outcome.
What do you think of Treadstone? Will you be watching?