Development roundup: Bourne offshoot, Warren Ellis AI comic Injection headed to TV

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Apr 13, 2018, 12:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Part of Jason Bourne’s story is about to be explored on the small screen.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the crack secret agent with the not-so-crackerjack memory is getting an offshoot, as USA Network has ordered to pilot Treadstone, a scripted series centering on the covert CIA black ops program portrayed in the Matt Damon-led movies.

As depicted in Robert Ludlum’s famed franchise, Operation Treadstone is the top-secret government initiative that used behavior modification to break down U.S. spies’ morality and transform them into unstoppable superhuman assassins. The spy drama will follow various sleeper agents around the world as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions, though there's no word whether Bourne himself will be making an appearance.

Treadstone will be written and executive-produced by Tim Kring, best known for creating the mid-2000s sci-fi hit Heroes. And Ramin Bahrani, who helmed HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, will direct the pilot.

It’s not the first time Treadstone has been eyed for the tube. CSI mastermind Anthony Zuiker previously had a deal with CBS to develop the show, but it never panned out.


Meanwhile, USA’s sibling studio under the NBCUniversal umbrella, Universal Cable Productions, has just announced it’s adapting Warren Ellis’ recent comic book series Injection for television.

Published in 2015, Injection is a sci-fi horror series following five eccentric geniuses brought together by the British government to combine their specialized areas of study to postulate the future of human culture. Upon seeing the results, the group creates an unusual artificial intelligence mixing technology with shamanistic magic that makes its way into society, and it’s up to them to stop it from poisoning the world.


Ellis wrote the story for the graphic novels, with usual collaborators Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire doing the illustrations.

Other Ellis works getting the small-screen treatment include the adult animated fantasy series Castlevania, the second season of which hits Netflix sometime this summer.