It would appear that Steve Austin – The Six Million Dollar Man is being rebuilt for a new audience. “Marky” Mark Wahlberg is set to reteam with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for somewhat lighter version of the character.
In the original television series starring Lee Majors, Austin is an astronaut who is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft, he is “rebuilt” in an operation that costs six million dollars. His right arm, both legs and the left eye are replaced with “bionic” implants that enhance his strength, speed and vision far above human norms: he can run at speeds of 60 mph (97 km/h), and his eye has a 20:1 zoom lens and infrared capabilities, while his bionic limbs all have the equivalent power of a bulldozer. He uses his enhanced abilities to work for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) as a secret agent.
Earlier this year Wahlberg told us that he was circling The Six Billion Dollar Man, an adaptation of the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man – with the current price of inflation, six million isn’t going to cut it today for a bionic superpowers. It’s going to cost at least six billion. According to Deadline, Berg will produce alongside Bob Weinstein for Dimension Films, and they are aiming for a 2016 release.