Bionic isn’t what it used to be. In the 1970s, the TV show had Lee Majors as test pilot Steve Austin being bodily upgraded at a cost of $6 million.

Mark Wahlberg. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Now we see that Mark Wahlberg’s version — “The Six Billion Dollar Man” — will be headed to movie theaters with Damián Szifron, the screenwriter, as director.

The Weinstein Co.-Dimension announced the film will be released Dec. 22, 2017. Production starts in September 2016.

“The movie is based on the 1970s TV series,… which itself was adapted from the 1972 sci-fi novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin,” noted digital trends.com. “Both focus on Steve Austin, an astronaut healed with bionic parts after suffering severe injuries in a terrible accident. With his high-tech upgrades, Austin is suddenly a powerful tool to the government, so he ends up working as a secret agent.

“The TV series places the cost of the operation at $6 million, but clearly times have changed; the movie has opted for a more impressive price tag (because a million dollars just doesn’t go as far these days, you know). Austin will likely get other new upgrades in the latest version of the story. As Wahlberg said in a press release, ‘We look forward to creating a Steve Austin for the 21st century.'”

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