There appears to be an interesting side effect that’s come about from yesterday’s announcement that Wonder Woman 1984 had been bumped back to a June 5, 2020 release date. Warner Bros’ feature film reboot of the classic television show Six Billion Dollar Man starring Mark Wahlberg was previously scheduled to hit theaters on that date and now the film has reportedly been removed from the studio’s release schedule altogether.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit said on Twitter, “Also, Warner Bros takes SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN from the release schedule. Not having a director will do that to a movie.”
If the title Six Billion Dollar Man doesn’t sound familiar to you, it was a science fiction show that aired on ABC Network from 1974 to 1978. Lee Majors starred in the original show as the titular protagonist Colonel Steve Austin, a former astronaut turned secret agent after he is “rebuilt” via bionic technology that grants him newfound super strength.
At this point, the most commonly recognized part of the original show is probably its voice over dialogue from the opening credits sequence: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better… stronger… faster.”
Wahlberg was set to star in the movie reboot as Steve Austin, but as Kit pointed out, it appears the studio wasn’t able to find a director that could helm the film. What? Wahlberg couldn’t get his buddy and frequent collaborator Peter Berg to do it?
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