‘Bourne’ Television Series in the Works

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Following four Matt Damon-starring films and a Jeremy Renner-starring spinoff, it appears we’ll soon be exploring the Bourne universe on the small screen.

USA Network, the network known for Mr. Robot, The Sinner, Shooter and Suits, is gearing up to craft a pilot for a series set before the Bourne films.

According to THR, the potential series, titled Treadstone, will be exploring the origin story of the titular CIA black ops program, which uses behavior modification protocol to transform agents into highly lethal, borderline unstoppable superhuman assassins. We’ll be following sleeper agents in various parts of the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to carry out deadly missions.

The series comes from writer-executive producer Tim Kring, who was also behind Heroes, Crossing Jordan and Touch. On board to helm the pilot is Ramin Bahrani, writer-director of 99 Homes and the upcoming HBO film Fahrenheit 451.

The five films in the Bourne franchise have altogether raked in over $US1.6 billion in worldwide box office receipts. While 2016’s Jason Bourne, the most recent entry in the series, didn’t quite ace it with the critics and audiences, it ended up being the second-highest grossing film in the franchise ($US415.5 million, behind The Bourne Ultimatum‘s $US442.8 million draw).

Stay tuned.

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