Mark Wahlberg's big screen adaptation of The Six Million Dollar Man gets summer 2019 release date

FP Staff

Mar,06 2018 14:05:01 IST

The Six Million Dollar Man, the American science fiction TV show that ran from 1973 to 1978, will be getting a 21st century remake and will star Mark Wahlberg.

The show revolved around Steve Austin, an astronaut who is seriously injured when his spaceship crashes. Austin then undergoes a government-sanctioned surgery which rebuilds several of his body parts with machine parts, making him cyborg-like. When Austin recovers, his machine parts enable him to have superhuman strength and speed, as well as other powers. With these powers, Steve goes to work for the Office of Scientific Information and battles evil for the good of mankind.

It was earlier believed that Wahlberg's reboot of The Six Million Dollar Man — titled The Six Billion Dollar Man — would hit the screens at the end of 2017. After initial delays, the movie now has a release date of 31 May, 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mark Wahlberg and Lee Majors as Steve Austin/Image from Twitter.

Mark Wahlberg and Lee Majors as Steve Austin/Image from Twitter.

Warner Bros bought the rights to the project from The Weinstein Company last year and bosses at the studio are hoping that filming can get underway as quickly as possible. Damian Szifron, who penned the adaptation, has jumped on-board as director, replacing Peter Berg. Warner Bros Studios and Dimension Films will produce the forthcoming movie.

Wahlberg will star as the astronaut Steve Austin who is badly injured in a crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. Austin is then rebuilt, with both his legs and the left eye being replaced with bionic implants that enhance his strength and speed, in a scheme costing six billion dollars.

Wahlberg said to The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm thrilled to assemble The Six Million Dollar Man for the big screen. We look forward to creating a Steve Austin for the 21st century."

The rest of the cast is yet to be announced.

Updated Date: Mar 06, 2018 14:05 PM