Finally Steve Austin will make it to the big screen 42 years after Martin Caidin first created the man who was barely alive, rebuilt, better, stronger and faster than he was before in his novel Cyborg. And it’s been 36 years since the 1970s popular TV series went off the air.
And the best part? Mark Wahlberg has been tapped by the Weinstein Co. to play not the Six Million Dollar Man, but the Six Billion Dollar Man in The Six Billion Dollar Man. We at borg.com couldn’t be happier with the selection of Wahlberg if we were allowed to hand pick the actor to play the Bionic Man ourselves. Wahlberg is an actor cranking out some of the most enjoyable films around for the past 15 years, from The Italian Job to The Departed to Shooter to The Happening to Ted to the latest Transformers.
Thankfully, the parody film rumored to be “in the works” supposedly to star Jim Carrey then Robert Downey, Jr. then Leonardo DiCaprio, is now off the table. The original Bionic Man, Lee Majors, expressed concern about a parody earlier this year at Planet Comicon. No worries now!
Wahlberg sported a similar white track suit in Pain and Gain. Will he don the red track suit for Steve Austin?
The Six Billion Dollar Man is expected to start production in 2015 with a 2016 release.