The Six Billion Dollar Man, starring Mark Wahlberg, will hit theaters Dec. 22, 2017, TWC-Dimension announced Monday, and in a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Berg is no longer attached to direct the TWC film adaptation of the popular 70’s TV series. With Berg gone the job to direct this bionic film fell on screenwriter Damian Szifron.
Szifron is set to begin shooting in September 2016. The story follows military officer, Steve Austin, who becomes part of a top secret government program after a horrific accident leaves him near death. With the help of cutting-edge technology, he is brought back to life with extraordinary abilities, making him the world’s first truly bionic man.
“I’m thrilled to assemble The Six Billion Dollar Man for the big screen with the likes of Bob Weinstein and Damian Szifron,” said Wahlberg. “We look forward to creating a Steve Austin for the 21st century.”
Added TWC and Dimenson co-chairman Bob Weinstein: “We are excited to release the film during the holidays to bring audiences an explosive reimagining of this cultural icon.”
“Writing the screenplay was such a fantastic ride and embarking on this journey with Mark, Bob and Stephen to take this story to a whole new level is simply spectacular,” added Szifron. “Growing up, these kinds of films left an indelible mark on me and now it feels so good to be making one.”
Executive vp production Matthew Singer and senior vp production and development Keith Levine will oversee production for TWC-Dimension.