Mark Wahlberg is set to reteam with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for somewhat lighter fare. Earlier this year Wahlberg told us that he was circling The Six Billion Dollar Man, an adaptation of the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, which starred Lee Majors as Steve Austin, a test pilot who is outfitted with bionic limbs, implants, and a unique sound effect to become a super-powered secret agent. Inflation being what it is, six million isn’t going to cut it today for a bionic superpowers. It’s going to cost at least six billion.
According to Deadline, Berg will produce alongside Bob Weinstein for Dimension Films, and various writers are circling the project. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Dimension is planning to get The Six Billion Dollar Man in front of cameras next year for a 2016 release.
If the movie is a success, it could easily have franchise potential for Wahlberg, who has yet to find a series he can call his own. Even if he sticks with Transformers, he’ll never really be the star of those movies. He’ll have third billing behind Autobots and Explosions. It’s a little surprising that Wahlberg, who cranks out 3 to 4 movies a year, doesn’t have his own action franchise, although there have certainly been false starts with Max Payne and Shooter.
Nevertheless, Six Billion Dollar Man will still fall into the actor’s busy slate. Wahlberg will be re-teaming with Will Ferrell for the comedy Daddy’s Home before moving onto J.C. Chandor‘s drama Deepwater Horizon.
In case you’re unfamiliar with The Six Million Dollar Man, here’s the intro to the series: