Four months after a report claimed that Mark Wahlberg and filmmaker Peter Berg were circling a remake of The Six Million Dollar Man, Deadline reports that they are now both attached to star in and direct The Six Billion Dollar Man, proving that even movie titles aren't immune to inflation.
The July report claimed that Universal Pictures, which released Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg's Lone Survivor last year, was behind the remake, but now The Weinstein Company's Dimension Films label is backing the project, although this new report reveals that Universal may finance part of the movie.
The story centers on Steve Austin (Mark Wahlberg), a former astronaut who nearly dies after crashing an experimental plane. He is saved when scientists are able to give him bionic replacements for both legs, his right arm and left eye. He becomes a powerful weapon for the government as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence.
The plot is based on the 1972 novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, which served as the partial inspiration for The Six Million Dollar Man TV series, which starred Lee Majors and ran for five seasons between 1974 and 1978. That series also spawned The Bionic Woman spin-off.
Peter Berg will direct, with a number of different writers currently circling the project. The filmmaker will also produce alongside Mark Wahlberg, Sarah Aubrey, Stephen Levinson. Dimension Films plans to start shooting sometime next year for a 2016 release.