The long-gestating feature film adaptation ‘Six Billion Dollar Man’ now has a new director: Travis Knight. The film is based on the television series ‘The Six Million Dollar Man.’
Mark Wahlberg is still onboard to star as the titular character. The screenplay is from Bill Dubuque (‘The Accountant,’ ‘Ozark’).
Meanwhile, Knight recently made the Transformers spin-off/reboot/prequel film ‘Bumblebee,’ which got universal acclaim. Prior to that, he had his directorial debut with the Academy Award nominated ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’ He is currently the president and CEO of Laika, the studio that made ‘Kubo,’ as well as ‘Missing Link,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘ParaNorman,’ and ‘Coraline.’
The premise of the original series is below:
“Former astronaut Colonel Steve Austin becomes a secret agent, with superhuman strength due to bionic implants.”
Moreover, Warner Bros. bought the rights from The Weinstein Company back in 2017, but director Damian Szifron (‘Wild Tales’) left the project sometime after.
‘Six Billion Dollar Man’ does not have a new date as of now, with its most recent date being June 5, 2020. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ holds that slot.