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?
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
I'm trying to picture a non-cheesy way for a character to have the 'testing their newfound power' sequence. Seen it in so many damn superhero movies now, I just can't picture a good version of it. Chronicle did it well I guess? Though now I've seen that style of it several times too. The first Cap movie did it okay, with the street chase. I don't know, for some reason that's the first thing I thought about. Mark jumping between buildings with the music sweeping, or punching a brick wall and looking at his arm in amazement.
OfficialJab on Nov 6, 2014
Yea, I like Mark and Peter Berg is cool, but I thought the same thing... and for some reason Peter Griffin's version of the 6 Million Dollar man also popped into my head. Ha ha.
Franklin Carpio on Nov 6, 2014
I like Marky Marc but I dont see this being good. GET NEW IDEAS FUCKERS!!
Brian Sleider on Nov 6, 2014
Aww... the picture makes it look like "The Six Dollar Man" which sounds way more interesting.
Akirakorn on Nov 6, 2014
For some reason, I remember that there was a project floating around at some point that was a comedy version of Six Million Dollar Man, but he was made up of lower quality technology. $60,000 is sticking in my head, but I can't find information about it. Maybe that was the plot when Jim Carrey was involved years ago.
Ethan Anderton on Nov 6, 2014
Bill on Nov 6, 2014
I hear the Doc is worth more than Austen.
DAVIDPD on Nov 6, 2014
Battleship was abysmal? Haha, haters gon hate. I had hella fun with Battleship.
Trey Wilson on Nov 6, 2014
Once again, should have gotten Sam Worthington!!! Or Stone Cold Steve Austin!!!
Angry Lester on Nov 7, 2014
Why would NASA or the US government spend so much money just to put together an ordianary (humpty dumpty) astronaut when they could create an android/supercomputer for the same price? What about spending all that money to help other amputees?
Mike Samual Zarquon on Nov 7, 2014
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