TWC-Dimension has set the release date for Mark Wahlberg‘s “Six Billion Dollar Man,” the company announced Monday.
The updated adaptation of the 1970s TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man” will be released on Dec. 22, 2017.
The movie is based on TV show that made Lee Majors a star as well as the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. The story follows military officer, Steve Austin (Wahlberg), 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.
Damián Szifron, who wrote and directed Argentina’s Oscar foreign-language nominee “Wild Tales,” wrote the screenplay and has now been confirmed to direct. Principal photography is slated to begin in September 2016. Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein will produce the film.
“Damián’s unique vision and longtime passion for this story will usher in an new take on this series for a new generation,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “We are excited to release the film during the holidays to bring audiences an explosive reimagining of this cultural icon.”
Overseeing production for TWC-Dimension are Matthew Signer, executive vice president of production and creative affairs, and Keith Levine, senior vice president of production and development.