Bob Weinstein announced today that Oscar Nominated and acclaimed filmmaker Damián Szifron will write the screenplay for The Six Billion Dollar Man starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg. Damián Szifron's most recent film Wild Tales, which he wrote and directed, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards.
The Six Billion Dollar Man is based on the classic and popular 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 strengths, making him the world's first truly bionic man.
"I couldn't be more honored and grateful. Such a major challenge represents a great opportunity. The themes surrounding this beloved property allow for the creation of a memorable sci-fi actioner as well as a bold spy thriller. Expectations are high and I'll do my best to deliver the strongest basis for an amazing cinematic experience."
Said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company:
"When I met with Damián I was so happy to learn that growing up as a kid he was a fan of 'The Six Million Dollar Man.' He subsequently shared how he envisioned a modern retelling of the story with a new and unique vision. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and I couldn't be more excited that he has come on board to write the script."