A movie remake of the Six Million Dollar Man TV series, aptly called the Six Billion Dollar Man, has been in development a long time. If you thought it may become one of those Hollywood casualties, you’d be wrong, as today brings word that the film—which has had Mark Wahlberg attached to star for a while now—has an official release date.
TWC-Dimension announced the film is slated to hit theaters on December 22, 2017. While Wahlberg is confirmed to star and produce, Damián Szifron (Wild Tales), who penned the screenplay is also on board to direct. Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor director Peter Berg was once said to be attached to produce, however the press release makes no mention of Berg. Perhaps the filmmaker is busy with his other Wahlberg project, Mile 22, which also stars Ronda Rousey and Iko Uwais.
Based on his statements, Szifron has been a longtime fan of the property, which hopefully means he’ll do the remake justice. The story of the Six Million Dollar Man was a series from the ‘70s starred Lee Majors as Steve Austin, a severely injured test pilot who is rebuilt stronger than ever with $6 million worth of technology. But, because it’s the 21st century, $6 billion is apparently more accurate. Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein will also produce.
Here’s the film’s official plot synopsis:
THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN is based on the classic television series The Six Million Dollar Man and the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin. The story follows military officer, Steve Austin, who becomes part of a top secret government program after a horrific accident leaves him near death. With the help of cutting edge technology, Steve is brought back to life with extraordinary abilities, making him the world’s first truly bionic man.
Hopefully this’ll be a better showing of Wahlberg’s skills than the Dinobots.