In the 1970s, the TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man” followed test pilot Steve Austin as he’s rebuilt with state of the art bionic implants, capable of amazing feats while running missions for the government. It was very popular for its time, and various efforts over the last few decades to transition the concept to the silver screen have always ended in failure. Now, though, the newest effort may be picking up speed.
According to THR, the new project entitled The Six Billion Dollar Man — no doubt because “The $33 Million Man” isn’t quite as catchy when accounting for inflation — is starting to gain some legs, with Mark Wahlberg attached to star as the titular character, while Peter Berg (Hancock, Battleship) is slated to direct. The production just hired Oscar nominated filmmaker Damian Szifron (Wild Tales) to pen the screenplay, which will reimagine test pilot Steve Austin as a military officer instead of a test pilot, who endures a serious accident and subsequently undergoes a series of operations to replace damaged body parts — which in the show were both his legs, his left eye, and his right arm — with technologically advanced versions.
The show, which was produced by eventual Star Trek film producer Harve Bennett, produced 100 episodes across five seasons, as well as six additional TV movies, featuring Lee Majors as the titular cyborg. The series itself was based on the novel Cyborg by writer Martin Caidin, the success of which would spawn the TV adaptation and three literary sequels, as well as the TV spinoff of “The Bionic Woman.”
No release window is as-yet available for The Six Billion Dollar Man, but keep an eye on GeekNation and we’ll be sure to update you on any new developments for this film.
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