3:08pm PT by Michael O'Connell
USA Orders 'Bourne' TV Series 'Treadstone'
USA is moving ahead with its TV take on the popular Jason Bourne film franchise, giving a series order to Treadstone.
The project, an action thriller about a black ops CIA program, gets the nod for a full series before even producing a pilot, evidence of the network's clear excitement over bringing the franchise to TV.
With production set to begin in 2019, the first season will follow sleeper agents — none of them played by Matt Damon — across the globe as they're instructed to carry out deadly missions.
USA ordered a number of pilots earlier this summer — Treadstone being the buzziest — with the Rosario Dawson-led Briarpatch, the Megan Abbott adaptation Dare Me and Denis Leary and Alex Cary's Erase also among the crop.
Those potential series and Treadstone could fill a few voids on the network, which recently canceled the dramas Colony and Shooter.
Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Treadstone is written and executive produced by Tim Kring (Heroes). Ramin Bahrani is directing the first episode and serving as executive producer alongside Ben Smith, Jeffrey Weiner, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Justin Levy.