USA Network announced Thursday that it has elevated Treadstone -- an action-packed thriller set amidst the CIA black ops program Operation Treadstone -- from pilot to a straight to series order. From a producer of the “Bourne” franchise, Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of the infamous covert program that uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins.
Treadstone will begin production in 2019; the first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.
From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Treadstone is written and executive produced by Tim Kring (Heroes). Ramin Bahrani (Fahrenheit 451), who will direct the pilot, will also serve as an executive producer. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner will executive produce on behalf of Captivate (Bourne franchise); Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will executive produce on behalf of Imperative Entertainment (All the Money in the World); and Justin Levy (Beyond) will executive produce.
“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, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Treadstone is the first to be picked up off of USA’s 2018 pilot slate, which includes the Rosario Dawson-led Briarpatch; Dare Me, based on the acclaimed novel by Megan Abbott; and Erase, created by Denis Leary and Alex Cary.