I’m dubious about remakes in general, but I’m glad to see the producers are upping the ante on this remake and re-dubbing Steve Austin as The Six BILLION Dollar Man. In the original The Six MILLION Dollar Man from the 70’s, $6m bought you some pretty impressive biomechanical upgrades. I just can’t imagine that with inflation since then, the upgrades you could afford today with only $6m would be all that impressive.
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg, the duo behind the critically acclaimed and box office success Lone Survivor, are re-teaming for the feature film version of The Six Billion Dollar Man with various writers circling the project for The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films label. (Yes, billion with a ‘b’). Berg will direct and Wahlberg is attached to star in the film about former astronaut Steve Austin who, after a horrific crash of an experimental plane, is saved by doctors when he is fitted with bionic replacements — both legs, his right arm and left eye. With super-human power, he becomes a force to be reckoned with for the government as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence.
The story is based on the sci-fi book Cyborg by Martin Caidin which became a bestseller when it debuted in 1972 and was partially used for the popular 1970s television series The…
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