Bob Weinstein announced today that Oscar-nominated scribe Damián Szifron will write the screenplay for Six Billion Dollar Man, set to star Mark Wahlberg (Ted, Lone Survivor, The Departed) and to be directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Hancock). Szifron’s most recent film Wild Tales, which he wrote and directed, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.
Six Billion Dollar Man is based on the classic and popular television series, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. 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, Steve is brought back to life with extraordinary strengths, making him the world’s first truly bionic man.
“I couldn’t be more honored and grateful,” says Szifron. “Such a major challenge represents a great opportunity. The themes surrounding this beloved property allow for the creation of a memorable sci-fi actioner as well as a bold spy thriller. Expectations are high and I’ll do my best to deliver the strongest basis for an amazing cinematic experience.”
Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein will produce the film which will be released by TWC-Dimension.
“When I met with Damián I was so happy to learn that growing up as a kid he was a fan of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,'” Bob Weinstein explains. “He subsequently shared how he envisioned a modern retelling of the story with a new and unique vision. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and I couldn’t be more excited that he has come on board to write the script.”
Szifron is repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman. Overseeing production for TWC-Dimension are EVP of Production and Creative Affairs, Matthew Signer, SVP of Production and Development and Keith Levine.