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The Six Million Dollar ManThe Six Billion Dollar Man

11/2/15 - TWC-Dimension has announced that The Six Billion Dollar Man, starring Mark Wahlberg as the cybernetic hero, will hit theaters December 22, 2017.  As with the 1973-78 ABC series that starred Lee Majors, the film follows Col. Steve Austin, a military officer (and NASA Astronaut on the original show). Injured in a catastrophic accident, Austin is rebuilt with cybernetic parts by a top-secret government program, giving him super speed and strength along with other built-in abilities, with which he fights bad guys.  Based like its television predecessor on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, The Six Billion Dollar Man will be written and directed by Damián Szifron. TWC-Dimension EVP Production and Creative Affairs Matthew Signer, and SVP Production and Development Keith Levine are overseeing. Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein will produce, with shooting scheduled to start in September.  Source: Deadline.com

 

11/6/14 - Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are re-teaming for the feature film version of The Six Billion Dollar Man with various writers circling the project for The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films label. Berg will direct and Wahlberg is attached to star in the film about former astronaut Steve Austin who, after a horrific crash of an experimental plane, is saved by doctors when he is fitted with bionic replacements — both legs, his right arm and left eye. With super-human power, he becomes a force to be reckoned with for the government as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence.  The story is based on the sci-fi book Cyborg by Martin Caidin which became a bestseller when it debuted in 1972 and was partially used for the popular 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man.  Bob Weinstein is producing along with Berg and his producing partner Sarah Aubrey, Wahlberg’s production company Closest to the Hole Prods. and Wahlberg’s producing partner Stephen Levinson.  Source: Deadline.com

12/31/06 - The latest rumor was that Jim Carrey was being considered for Steve Austin in a comedic remake.  Nothing against Carrey but this is clearly not what fans of SMDM or Bionic Woman want.

 

 

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