Given that creativity is dead and buried in this era of television, networks are taking advantage of the success of big film franchises and replicating them on the small screen. After the terrifying American Nightmare, it’s the turn of heavyweight saga Jason Bourne to be turned into a TV series.
USA Network has commissioned a pilot from Tim Kring, the creator of Heroes and its botched follow-up, who will have to convince the network to sponsor a full season.
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Before being played by Matt Damon and then Jeremy Renner on the big screen, Jason Bourne was a fictional character created by Robert Ludlum at the beginning of the 1980s.
In the novels, his real identity is David Webb. He obtains his code name by joining Project Treadstone 71 with the CIA, after completing his vendetta against the people who killed his family.
The series currently under development will focus on this period, when the launch of the American intelligence agency Black Ops program sees David preparing to become an elite agent.
Neither director Paul Greengrass nor Matt Damon are currently involved in the project. The pilot is being directed by Ramin Bahrani (Fahrenheit 451) and production will be carried out by Universal Pictures, which has already worked on the five films in the saga.
Meanwhile, USA Network has commissioned three other pilots: Briarpatch, a mysterious pulp thriller produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot, Dare Me, a teen drama which takes place in the high school world of the pom-pom girls, and a dark comedy entitled Erase, starring Denis Leary.
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