HEROES Creator Tim Kring is Developing a BOURNE Prequel Series Called TREADSTONE
The Matt Damon-led action thriller franchise is getting a prequel TV series called Treadstone. USA Network has ordered a pilot episode and it's being developed by Tim Kring, who created the hit superhero series Heroes.
I like the Bourne film franchise and I've enjoyed all of the films that have come from it. So I'm up for watching a series if it's good! If you couldn't tell by the title, the show will center around the CIA black ops program, Treadstone. Here's what we know so far thanks to THR:
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.
This seriously sounds like it could be a great thrilling series! Kring is writing the pilot, which will be directed by Ramin Bahrani. I hope that they can pull off something awesome with this. What do you think about the concept being this Bourne-inspired series? Do you think it will work?
USA Network has also announced three other series pilots that they are developing that come from producers like Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, Denis Leary, Peter Berg, and former HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. Here are the details on the other three shows:
Based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, the drama follows Allegra Dill, a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered by a car bomb. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring the corrupt hometown Allegra thought she left behind to its knees. Written for television by Andy Greenwald, who will executive produce along with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton, the series celebrates the beloved genre that Thomas’ book represents — a unique blend of crime, thriller, mystery and pulp fiction — while updating his electrifying sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation. Yann Demange will direct and serve as executive producer. Briarpatch is a co-production of Universal Cable Productions and Paramount Television.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Megan Abbott, who serves as writer and executive producer along with Gina Fattore, the drama is an unflinching exploration of volatile female friendships, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town. Peering behind the all-American façade, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends after a new coach arrives to bring their team to prominence. Part coming-of-age story, part small-town drama, part murder mystery, Dare Me exposes the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure in order to get ahead. The drama is from Universal Cable Productions in association with Film 44. Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo of Film 44 executive produce along with Sarah Condon and Karen Rosenfelt.
Created by Denis Leary and Alex Cary and starring Leary, Erase is the story of Donal O'Neal, a dirty ex-cop who decides to do the right thing and bring down his complicit superior officers. But his best weapon in this battle — a photographic memory — is suddenly compromised by symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer's. In this gritty crime thriller, laced with elements of black comedy, Donal races against time to repair the damage he's done to his estranged family while trying to avoid being killed by his enemies. From Universal Cable Productions, Erase will be executive produced Leary and Cary, along with Apostle Pictures' Jim Serpico.
It looks like USA Network has got some great programming coming.