A film based on the cult ’70s TV series The Six Billion Dollar Man has been stuck in development hell for ages, with the tone shifting between full action and comedy as several writers have had a go and several directors have been attached including star Mark Wahlberg’s regular collaborator Peter Berg. The most recent script was written by The Accountant‘s Bill Dubuque, but there could now be another one due to Travis Knight coming on board as director. While I didn’t like his Bumblebee much [though he was also responsible for the fine animated feature Kubo And The Two Strings], it got a generally good response and Warner Bros. allowed him to pick his next project – which was The Six Billion Dollar Man.
Wahlberg remains attached to star in the role formerly played by Lee Majors as Steve Austin, a former astronaut who barely survives a horrific experimental plane crash. To save his life, he is given high-tech enhancements by scientists who replace his legs, his right arm and left eye with bionic systems. Thus gifted super-human abilities, he’s drafted in to work for the government as a secret agent.