Mark Wahlberg is apparently in line to take the lead for the upcoming big screen adaptation of the iconic 1970s TV show, “The Six Million Dollar Man”. The “Transformers: Age of Extinction” star is rumored to take on the role as astronaut turned special agent Steve Austin, whose body gets rebuilt with new cybernetic technology after a nearly fatal accident. Brought back to life by the government, Austin is “reborn” as a superhuman and becomes a secret operative to pay his dues.
The breaking news comes from Tracking Board, and should be considered a rumor until otherwise confirmed. Universal Pictures has no comment at this time. The site also mentions that Jim Carrey was originally eyed to star in a comedic version with Todd Phillips attached to write and direct, but nothing came of it. They added that Universal and Miramax turned down the opportunity to launch a remake in 2006 due to copyright issues, but “the rights disputes seem to have been mostly worked out by 2011.” Stuck in development hell, the buck was passed many times with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star at one stage with Brian Singer directing but once again nothing came of it. Will Universal and Weinstein finally bring us the “Six Million Dollar Man” remake with Wahlberg attached as the lead?
Remember the classic intro? The theme song is very, “the spy who shagged me”!
Something that would be interesting to see adapted to bigscreen is the spin-off series, “The Bionic Woman”. Some series geeks might remember the short-lived 2007 series starring Michelle Ryan. Never the less, Wahlberg attached to anything these days turns to gold! His latest starring movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” is set to beat James Cameron’s 2009 mega blockbuster “Avatar” as the top-grossing movie ever in Chinese. In its second week, the Michael Bay-directed action movie grossed $50.9 million for a total cume of $212.8 million in the country.