Mark Wahlberg could be the next 'Six Million Dollar Man'

AFP Relax News
Mark Wahlberg is currently in theaters in "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

According to a rumor reported by the Tracking Board, Mark Wahlberg is in line to play the bionic astronaut Steve Austin in a film adaptation of the famous 1970s TV series.

Plans for a "Six Million Dollar Man" movie have surfaced repeatedly over the years, only to end up shelved every time. Previous attempts to remake the series for the big screen have involved Kevin Smith, who wrote a screenplay in the 1990s, and Jim Carrey, who in 2003 was attached to star in a version directed by Todd Phillips.

Richard Anderson, one of the stars of the original series, even indicated his involvement in a remake as recently as 2006, before talks between Universal and Miramax hit a standstill. The former studio owned the rights to the TV show, while the latter claimed the rights to "Cyborg," the Martin Caidin novel that inspired it.

Now, according to the Tracking Board's sources, the project could be back on the table. Fresh off of the blockbuster "Transformers: Age of Extinction," Mark Wahlberg will reportedly play the title character, a man who becomes a cyborg when he is brought back from the brink of death through technology. Peter Berg ("Hancock") is attached to produce and possibly direct the feature for Universal, with additional involvement from Harvey Weinstein.

"The Six Million Dollar Man" included around 100 episodes aired on ABC from 1973 to 1978.