Mark Wahlberg's Six Billion Dollar Man Movie Is Officially Happening

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Cross The Six Million Dollar Man off the list of classic TV shows that had yet to get a big screen adaptation. After a several months of development, an updated version called The Six Billion Dollar Man starring Mark Wahlberg now officially has a release date and brand new director.


Damian Szifron, who made last year’s critically acclaimed Wild Tales, will direct the film, replacing Peter Berg who had long been attached. He’ll start shooting next year aimed at a December 22, 2017 release date.

Szifron also wrote the screenplay, which takes the Steve Austin story we know from the 1970s TV show and updates it. In case you don’t know that story, it’s about a soldier who is almost killed and is then brought back to life with some very expensive technology. Originally, $6 million of bionic technology was impressive but, 40 years later, inflation has made the investment just a bit bigger.

“I’m thrilled to assemble The Six Billion Dollar Man for the big screen with the likes of Bob Weinstein and Damian Szifron,” said Wahlberg in a news release. “We look forward to creating a Steve Austin for the 21st century.”

A Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg Six Million Dollar Man remake sounded pretty insane but Szifron is almost more exciting. His Wild Tales is a weird, wonderful movie so bringing that sensitivity to this big-budget Hollywood action story should be fun.

[Hollywood Reporter]

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old Shuck ate bob_d

Man, they really went crazy inflating the price there. Adjsted for inflation, he’d be the 33 million dollar man. 60 million if they wanted to be generous and keep the six in the name. But six billion? That’s like three stealth bombers. How is he possibly worth as much as three stealth bombers, mission-wise? Six billion starts raising all sorts of ugly questions about contractor overruns and unreasonable profit margins... I’m assuming this is a comedy, sort of the inverse of Goodness Gracious Me’s “Six Million Rupee Man.”