‘Treadstone’ Producer Ben Smith Talks Expanding The ‘Bourne’ Franchise In The New TV Series [The Fourth Wall]

The Playlist | 10/16/2019 | Griffin Schiller
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Welcome to the latest episode of The Fourth Wall – an interview podcast where I attempt to break down the fourth wall of the film industry, getting a behind the scenes look through my conversations with filmmakers, actors/actresses, and other industry professionals. Today I am joined by the producer of “The Bourne Legacy” and “Jason Bourne” and one of the showrunners of the new Bourne event series “Treadstone,” Ben Smith.

If you’ve been itching for more intense high octane Bourne action and good old fashioned espionage intrigue, “Treadstone’ just might be your fix. Making for the perfect blend of “24” meets “Heroes,” the series marks an almost decade long journey for Smith as he’s had his heart set on expanding the world that Robert Ludlum created.

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Perhaps much of this influence comes from the involvement of “Heroes” creator Tim Kring, who Smith discussed collaborating with, and stunt coordinator from “The Bourne Ultimatum,” but at the heart of it, what excited Smith the most was the opportunity to explore the mythology of not only the films but Ludlum’s novels in order to tell very personal and interconnected stories that were affected by the geopolitical landscape of today. “The base that Ludlum created is very rich,” said Smith, “and I think it’s a perfect fit for television. You just have a lot more real estate to dive into a lot of different characters which is what we’ve done on ‘Treadstone.'”

For those unaware, “Treadstone” tells the origins of the secret government organization that led to the birth...
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