Mark Wahlberg Rumored To Star In Remake Of The Six Million Dollar Man Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.07.2014
He would play Steve Austin...
Tracking Board reports that Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) is set to star in Universal's film remake of The Six Million Dollar Man. The 1970s sci-fi TV show was about astronaut Steve Austin, who receives a terrible injury through an aircraft crash and gets rebuilt with cybernetic technology. Peter Berg (Battleship, Hancock) will produce and may also direct. Harvey Weinstein will also produce.
A film adaptation has been in development for a long time. Kevin Smith wrote a draft of the film in the mid-90s, which became the comic book The Bionic Man. In 2003, Jim Carrey was set to star in a comedic take from writer/director Todd Phillips. In 2006, Richard Anderson (the star of the original series) said he was involved with a remake that was in negotiations between Universal (owner of the TV rights) and Miramax (who owned the rights to the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which inspired the series). When Weinstein sold the company, he kept the rights. The rights issues were worked out by 2011. It was believed that Brian Singer would direct with Leonardo DiCaprio starring, based on a script by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After). Those plans also fell through.
Berg and Wahlberg previously worked together on Lone Survivor.
The show created the spin-off off The Bionic Women, which was rebooted in 2007 and starred Michelle Ryan.