“We can adapt it. We’re Hollywood.”
Looks like a big screen take of The Six Million Dollar Man may finally be slow-mo running into theaters fairly soon. Peter Berg is set to produce, and possibly direct, and it looks like he’s looking to his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg for the titular role. Wahlberg is rumored to be in the running to play Steve Austin, the character that audiences first fell in love with in the 1970s TV show.
Tracking Board reports that an adaptation of the show, which itself was based on the novel, Cyborg by Martin Caldin, has been in some form of development for nearly 20 years. Along the way, the likes of Kevin Smith, Jim Carrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bryan Singer have been involved with potential adaptations. But with Berg onboard, and the star of Transformers: Age of Extinction potentially ready to take the project on, it looks like it may finally be happening.
This comes after a rights dispute was resolved in 2011, which freed up Universal to make the film. You may recall that the original TV series also spawned a successful spinoff (The Bionic Woman) so one has to think that Universal sees a major franchise opportunity here in the modern age of spinoffs and shared universes.
As of now, just file this one under “rumor,” until Wahlberg signs on the dotted line or formally addresses the situation.
SOURCE: Tracking Board