The Six Billion Dollar Man Movie With Mark Wahlberg Is Back On

Lee Majors was once The Six Million Dollar Man. Now, Mark Wahlberg is finally adding a few zeroes to that number.
Lee Majors was once The Six Million Dollar Man. Now, Mark Wahlberg is finally adding a few zeroes to that number.
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It feels like a Six Million Dollar Man movie starring Mark Wahlberg has been in the works for six million years. In that time directors have come and gone, as have producers and release dates, but now a new director is on board who could get the film back on track.


That director is Travis Knight, who is coming off the critically acclaimed but financially disappointing Bumblebee. Variety reports he’s boarded the big-screen adaptation of the TV show about a secret agent who gains superhuman abilities when he’s upgraded with bionic parts. And though the character, originally played by Lee Majors, was worth $6 million in the 1970s, inflation has upped that number by 1,000 percent. Wahlberg will be The Six Billion Dollar Man.

As recently as last year, the film had a summer 2020 release date, but that was quietly taken off the table at some point. “It’s a matter of finding the right director,” Wahlberg told Screenrant in November. “We’ve been close many times...It’s one of those things where you have to keep pushing, you have to keep plugging away, and eventually, it’ll come together, and hopefully, we’ll be in a situation where I find myself making the best possible version of the movie.”

It seems that Knight, who also directed Kubo and the Two Strings and runs Laika, is that director. If he gets to work soon, a 2021 release seems possible.

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Stephan Zielinski

In case anyone’s curious, $6 million in 1972 March dollars would only be $36.84 million in 2019 dollars.

In the original novel, Martin Caidin’s Cyborg (1972), the limbs were nuclear powered and massive, resulting in some beyond-human capabilities--long walks, smashing the living crap out of things--but nothing really comic book.