We've heard murmurs of Universal Pictures attempting to resurrect the old 1974 TV series The Six Million Dollar Man for sometime now. It looks as though the studio is ready to get serious about the project, and they want Mark Wahlberg to take on the role of Steve Austin in this new big screen franchise.
This latest news comes from Tracking Board, and should be considered a rumor until otherwise confirmed. Universal Pictures has no comment at this time.
The Six Million Dollar Man follows the story of astronaut Steve Austin, whose body gets rebuilt with new cybernetic technology after a nearly fatal aircraft accident. With super human powers and strength, he becomes a special agent for the government.
The Six Million Dollar Man has been kicking around Hollywood as a big screen movie for quite sometime. Director Kevin Smith wrote a screenplay in the mid-90s, which eventually got turned into a comic book. Jim Carrey was attached to star in a more comedic take on the material back in 2003 with The Hangover director Todd Phillips at the helm.
In 2006, original series star Richard Anderson claimed he was involved with a Six Million Dollar Man remake, but the rights were tied up between Universal, who owned the TV series, and Miramax, who held the rights to the novel that the TV series is based on.
The rights dispute was worked out in 2011. At that time, it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to star with X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer helming the project from his own screenplay. Those plans fell through, but its clear that Universal and The Weinstein Company want to move forward with the project.