USA's 'Treadstone' Is 'Its Own Complete Story' Within the Bourne Universe
The first thing to know about this international action drama, inspired by Robert Ludlum's novels, is, yes, it's within "the same world [where] Jason Bourne exists," says executive producer Ben Smith.
Fans of the franchise will learn the origins of the CIA's black-ops organization after highly skilled sleeper agents — like Doug McKenna (Sense8's Brian J. Smith), who's been working on an oil rig in the Arctic Ocean — are "woken" under Treadstone's control to perform various missions.
McKenna is just one of the highly trained human weapons we meet in the present day — in a 1973 timeline, John Randolph Bentley (Jeremy Irvine, above) is another — as the action follows agents around the globe. (The series filmed in Paris, London, Budapest, Berlin, Greece, and Amsterdam.)
"Everybody has a different narrative and a reason they're doing what they're doing, with varying moral compasses," adds Smith. And who is Treadstone's puppet master pulling the strings? Smith teases: "That's the question!"
Treadstone, Series Premiere, Tuesday, October 15, 10/9c, USA