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Treadstone: USA Network Orders Series Set in the Bourne Universe

USA Network has ordered the “Bourne” drama Treadstone straight to series. The project had previously been given the green light for a pilot back in April.

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. It is the program that created author Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon in the movies. The series follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.

“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?” said Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

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.

The series will go into production in 2019.

The news comes just a day after USA Network decided to cancel the Ryan Phillippe-led series Shooter after three seasons. That series was based on the 2007 film of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg, who is an executive producer of the show. Paramount Television is reportedly shopping the series to other networks.

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