It’s been a few years since we first heard that Mark Wahlberg was attached to star in an adaptation of the ’70s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man with his buddy Pete Berg at the helm. Eventually Berg left the project and was replaced with Argentinian director Damian Szifron (Wild Tales) but after a few years of development (and a change in ownership from The Weinstein Company to Warner Brothers) things seemed to go silent. This week, however, we are hearing that the project is back on track with the hiring of a new director to replace Damian Szifron: Bumblebee helmer Travis Knight. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Variety, Travis Knight will direct The Six Billion Dollar Man for Warner Brothers with Mark Wahlberg headlining in the lead role. The title adds another three zeroes to the original TV series title primarily to account for inflation but also, I believe, to indicate of some level of self-aware humour. It is unclear if this is being developed as a full-on parody or something a little more serious.
The original show starred Lee Majors as Colonel Steve Austin, a NASA astronaut who is seriously injured in an accident and has his body rebuilt with bionic implants that give him superhuman abilities. A movie based on the property has actually been in development since the mid-’90s when Kevin Smith wrote the initial screenplay. Travis Knight got his start working as an animator at Laika, eventually directing the film Kubo and the Two Strings before jumping to studio blockbuster level with Bumblebee. That movie was well-reviewed even if it was the lowest grossing Transformers movie to date. Are you interested in The Six Billion Dollar Man?