- Mark Wahlberg is hopeful that his long-awaited remake of The Six Million Dollar Man, now titled The Six Billion Dollar Man, will finally happen.
- Wahlberg credits his upcoming movie, The Family Plan, for renewing interest in The Six Billion Dollar Man.
- Skydance Media CEO David Ellison is now set to direct the reboot, and Wahlberg is excited about the possibility, praising Ellison’s action movie credentials.
Mark Wahlberg has revealed that there is “finally hope” for his long-gestating remake of The Six Million Dollar Man. Now The Six Billion Dollar Man (thanks, inflation), the project has been trapped in development hell for some time now, since as far back as 2014 in fact. But Wahlberg has not given up and thanks his upcoming action comedy, The Family Plan, for renewing studio interest.
“You know what, I think there is finally hope for that to happen. And I think it’s kind of actually a lot to do with this movie, because hopefully Skydance will have the rights, if not fully buttoned up now, very soon, and we’ll fast track that movie to get made. So, I’m still not out of the fight, I’m still grinding every day to get it made. You know, its tough to get certain things made it’s very difficult, it was an uphill battle, but I think certain ones are worth just seeing through to the end.”
Speaking with Collider, Wahlberg even says that The Six Billion Man could be fast tracked by Skydance, who he believes now have the rights to the property “fully buttoned up now.”
The original Six Million Dollar Man series aired from 1973 to 1978 and follows Steve Austin as ace pilot Steve Austin. Fatally injured in an airplane crash, the government spends six million dollars (a million bought you a lot more back then) on bionic implants, rebuilding Austin and giving him superhuman abilities.
The Six Billion Dollar Man would no doubt follow a similar story to the 70s series, with Mark Wahlberg upping the price tag and gaining the same abilities and advancements, including superhuman strength, speed and vision, before becoming a secret agent.
The Six Billion Dollar Man Is Now Due to Be Directed by Top Gun: Maverick Producer David Ellison
The Six Billion Dollar Man has gone through several directors over the years, including Wahlberg’s frequent collaborator Peter Berg and Bumblebee director Travis Knight. The reboot is now due to be helmed by Skydance Media CEO David Ellison.
“I mean, well it is now. We had the rights, and we were trying to get the script right at Warners and then, you know, people have the TV rights, you have the estate, and then you have, I think Universal had the international, and lots of things so now to kind of bring it out free and clear, to be able to kind of work out all those different issues and then be able to start fresh with a new writer at Skydance. But I’m excited because nobody does action better than David and everybody, and Dana (Goldberg) and those guys at Skydance, so I couldn’t be more excited about the possibility.”
Though Ellison does not have much experience as a director, as a producer, he has been on board more action movies than one can count, including Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, and the huge blockbuster success that is Top Gun: Maverick.
He is also a producer on Wahlberg’s The Family Plan, which is scheduled to be released by Apple TV+ on December 15, 2023. Check out the trailer for The Family Plan below: