Did you even know there was a planned reboot of The Six Million Dollar Man..? An adaptation of the Lee Majors 1970s TV series – that was called The Six Million Dollar Man, but you know, inflation – it’s set to star Mark Wahlberg and did have Argentinean filmmaker Damian Szifron on board to direct, but it appears that Szifron has left the project over creative differences.
More than likely there will be a mad dash now to find a new director and keep to the schedule; filming was due to start in two months for a May 31, 2019 release date.
For those unfamiliar with The Six Million Dollar Man, the show was about a former astronaut, Colonel Steve Austen, who had superhuman strength due to bionic implants (his implants cost about six million dollars, hence the title). He then went on spy missions and would get a cool sound effect every time he did something superhuman. The show rocketed Lee Majors to worldwide fame and made him a stable name in every household during the late 70s and early 80s.
It’s unknown what kind of tone they’re taking with the adaptation.
The Six Billion Dollar Man was originally set up at The Weinstein Company, but when the company’s fortunes started failing, Warner Bros. scooped it up. The surprising thing here is that Szifron came on board to direct three years ago, so it’s a little shocking that with only two months before cameras were set to roll, he’s left the project.
One candidate may already be in the wings: Mel Gibson has already been circling the part of Oscar Goldman, the government mentor of Austin. Gibson, who has been developing a World War II naval thriller as his next project, could be conscripted into hopping into the pilot’s seat for Six Billion Dollar Man.
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