Mark Wahlberg’s THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN is moving off its Dec. 22 release date, the Tracking Board has confirmed, though the Weinstein Company has yet to make the move official.
The studio announced back in November 2015 that it would release Damian Szifron’s follow-up to Wild Tales on Dec. 22, 2017, with Variety trumpeting a September 2016 start date. Yet here we are in June, and Six Billion Dollar Man hasn’t started casting, let alone shooting.
While it’s not impossible for a film to start shooting in the summer and be ready by December (see Steven Spielberg’s The Papers), that won’t be the case for the Wahlberg movie, which is being produced by Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Stephen Levinson.
The Six Billion Dollar Man is based on the classic 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, which itself was based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin. Wahlberg remains attached to play military officer Steve Austin, who becomes part of a top secret government program after nearly dying in a horrific accident. With the help of cutting-edge technology, Steve is given extraordinary abilities that make him the world’s first truly bionic man.
While The Six Billion Dollar Man is moving to 2018, the Weinstein Company still has a movie coming out on Dec. 22, as it’s already slated to release the Benedict Cumberbatch-Michael Shannon electricity drama The Current War on the same day. That film will open against Pitch Perfect 3, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, the Warner Bros. comedy Bastards and the Spielberg movie from 20th Century Fox.
Szifron has been in demand since Wild Tales received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. In addition to The Six Billion Dollar Man, he has also been developing a thriller at Sony and a sci-fi series at MRC. The Argentine filmmaker is also rumored to be in the mix to direct WB’s Justice League Dark along with Andy Muschietti — which shouldn’t come as a surprise given that film’s highbrow producer, Scott Rudin.
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