Better…stronger…faster…more expensive. The new Six Million Dollar Man reboot is on the go…
Mark Wahlberg will star in a big screen adaptation of The Six Million Dollar Man TV series for Warner Bros. Cyborgs are a little more expensive this year, though, so Steve Austin (not that one) will have to be The Six Billion Dollar Man in this version of the story.
Damian Szifron (who directed Wild Tales) will direct The Six Billion Dollar Man. “Writing the screenplay was such a fantastic ride and embarking on this journey with Mark…to take this story to a whole new level is simply spectacular,” Szifron said in a statement when the project was first announced back in 2015. “Growing up, these kind of films left an indelible mark on me and now it feels so good to be making one.”
At one point Szifron was also writing, with William Monahan (The Departed) also doing work on the script. It’s not clear what’s still in place from that. In 2016, Wahlberg said that the movie is “a complete opposite spin on the superhero movie and capes!”
The concept and characters are based on Martin Caidin’s 1972 novel, Cyborg, which then became a popular TV series as The Six Million Dollar Man. It ran for over 100 episodes, and spawned a spinoff, The Bionic Woman. Die Hard writer Stephen E. de Souza was one of the writers on the original TV series. He spoke a little bit about that in our interview with him, which you can read here.
The Six Billion Dollar Man was once scheduled to arrive in 2017, but obviously did not. It will now open on May 31, 2019.