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Warner Bros. has set an early summer release date of May 31, 2019, for Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi action movie “The Six Billion Dollar Man.”

Warner Bros. bought the rights to the project late last year from the Weinstein Company, which had been developing the movie with “Wild Tales” director Damian Szifron.

“The Six Billion Dollar Man” is based on the science-fiction television series “The Six Million Dollar Man,” about a former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin, portrayed by Lee Majors. Austin’s character had superhuman strength due to bionic implants and was employed as a secret agent. The series ran for five seasons on ABC between 1973 and 1978 and was based on the Martin Caidin novel “Cyborg.”

In November, 2016, Wahlberg and Bob Weinstein made a presentation of the project to buyers at the American Film Market. Wahlberg had asserted that he was not interested in most superhero projects, adding, “I don’t care what it is, how much I’m getting paid, I’m not leaving my trailer in a cape.”

Warner Bros. made the announcement Friday. “The Six Billion Dollar Man” is the second title to land on the date after an untitled Blumhouse project.

Warner Bros. also said its romance drama “The Sun Is Also a Star” would be released two week earlier on May 17, 2019. Yara Shahidi, star of “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish,” is in negotiations to star in the movie adaptation of the bestselling YA novel for Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros., and MGM.

Additionally, the studio set the Melissa McCarthy-Tiffany Haddish mob drama “The Kitchen” for release by New Line on Sept. 20, 2019. McCarthy joined the project on Feb. 13 with “Straight Outta Compton” writer Andrea Berloff directing from her own script, in which a group of Irish mobsters sent to prison and their wives take over their jailed spouses’ organized crime operation in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen.

[variety.com]

Having a resume stacked with action movies, Mark Wahlberg is now ready to take on a superhero role. Kind of.

Speaking with the Transformers-franchise star on the red carpet of CinemaCon, Walhberg told ComicBook that he could begin shooting a reboot of the 1970s classic, The Six Million Dollar Man.

“We finally got the script for The Six Billion Dollar Man,” he said. “Now that’s not your typical superhero because I will not put on a cape nor a spandex outfit, but the script is amazing.

“The script is amazing. We’ve been developing it for quite some time and finally got it to where we want to go shoot the movie, so hopefully we will shoot in the fall.”

Six BILLION Dollar Man.
Shooting in the fall.
You have our attention, Mark.

Originally airing as a trio of science fiction and action movies it became a television series from 1974 to 78. The show was focused on former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austin, who was given superhuman strength after he was implanted with bionic parts by the federal government.

It could be argued that it was a hybrid of Wolverine and Cyborg, worked into one show that went on to become a cultural phenomenon.

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Dimension Films has dated “The Six Billion Dollar Man” starring Mark Wahlberg for Dec 22, 2017.

“Wild Tales” helmer Damián Szifron wrote the screenplay and is going to direct.

Production is set to start September 2016. Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein are producing the film.

“The Six Million Dollar Man” is based on the classic television series from the 1970s 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 abilities, making him the world’s first truly bionic man.

“I’m thrilled to assemble ‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’ for the big screen with the likes of Bob Weinstein and Damián Szifron,” said Wahlberg. “We look forward to creating a Steve Austin for the 21st century.”

Overseeing production for TWC-Dimension are Matthew Signer, EVP of Production and Creative Affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP of Production and Development.

“Writing the screenplay was such a fantastic ride and embarking on this journey with Mark, Bob and Stephen to take this story to a whole new level is simply spectacular,” said Szifron. “Growing up, these kind of films left an indelible mark on me and now it feels so good to be making one.”

[variety.com]