Treadstone, the shady organisation that made Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne into the perfect memory-free agent, is getting its own TV series. The USA Network has picked up Treadstone for a full series, without even making a pilot episode first.
The show will serve as a prequel to The Bourne Identity and all the other films in the franchise, taking place at a time where Treadstone activates a gaggle of sleeper agents – who are positioned all over the globe – to undertake dangerous missions.
Matt Damon is not expected to make an appearance in the Treadstone series, and there is new talent stepping in behind the camera as well. Doug Liman, Paul Greengrass and Tony Gilroy directed the films, and none of them seem to be involved in the series.
Instead, Heroes creator Tim Kring is heading up the Treadstone project. He’ll executive produce the series and write the first episode, with 99 Homes and Fahrenheit 451 director Ramin Bahrani calling the shots as the first episode’s director.
Bahrani will take an executive producer role, as well, alongside Ben Smith, Jeffrey Weiner, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Justin Levy.
We don’t yet have any casting or release date news regarding Treadstone, but we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more. Here’s hoping that all the sleeper agents in the show share Bourne’s skill for picking up random objects and using them as weapons.