TV adaptation of 'The Six Billion Dollar Man' gets 2017 release date

By Wade Sheridan   |   Nov. 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Mark Wahlberg's The Six Billion Dollar Man now has a 2017 release date The Weinstein Company announced Monday.

The film based on the classic 1970s television series, The Six Million Dollar Man will hit theaters on Dec. 22, 2017. Wahlberg is set to star as government agent Steve Austin who gains extraordinary abilities after being brought back to life through the use of cutting edge technology.

Damian Szifron, who wrote the script for the film will also be directing as he replaces former director Peter Berg.

"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 in a statement. "We look forward to creating a Steve Austin for the 21st century." "We are excited to release the film during the holidays to bring audiences an explosive reimagining of this cultural icon," added TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein.

Filming is set to begin in September 2016 with Stephen Levinson, Wahlberg and Weinstein all set to produce.

"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," said Szifron. "Growing up, these kind of films left an indelible mark on me and now it feels so good to be making one."

Wahlberg will next be seen alongside Will Ferrell in the comedy Daddy's Home set to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2015.

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