Mark Wahlberg Becomes the 'Six Billion Dollar Man' for Peter Berg
A new adaptation of the TV series of "The Six Million Dollar Man" has been in the works for years, but with inflation and technology changing since the series debuted in 1972, the project is called The Six Billion Dollar Man. Now the film has finally found some talent to make it happen. Deadline reports The Weinstein Company's genre label Dimension Films has set Mark Wahlberg to lead the film as former astronaut Steve Austin who suffers a horrific crash in an experimental plane, but ends up being saved by doctors with state-of-the-art bionic replacements on his body, thus turning him into a superhero of sorts.
The movie will see Wahlberg reteaming with Peter Berg, who just worked with the actor on the brutal war drama Lone Survivor. The plan is for the film to shoot next year for a release in 2016. However, Wahlberg was just recently confirmed to star in Daddy's Home, a new comedy reteaming him with Will Ferrell at Paramount Pictures, and production starts before the end of the year, so that comes first obviously. There's also Deepwater Horizon which is supposed to shoot in the late spring or early summer. So the soonest this could shoot would be at the end of summer next year.
This is the kind of television remake for the big screen that could be interesting with all the technological advancements that have been made in the 40 years since the show was released. Peter Berg also seems like the right guy to get behind the camera since he's done a decent job of blending comedy with solid action with films like Hancock and The Rundown. It probably can't be any worse than his abysmal Battleship either. Maybe we'll also get an introduction to The Bionic Woman and we'll have a little franchise start, because that's what studios live for nowadays. Thoughts?