Wahlberg lined up for lead in movie version of 70s classic

Wahlberg lined up for lead in movie version of 70s classic

Mark Wahlberg will reportedly star in a film remake of 'The Six Million Dollar Man'.

The 43-year-old actor is said to be in talks with Universal Pictures to take on the lead role in a big-screen adaptation of the 70s sci-fi TV series, The Tracking Board reports.

The story would follow astronaut Steve Austin - who was played by Lee Majors in the original series - whose body is rebuilt with cybernetic technology after suffering traumatic injuries in an aircraft crash, and Wahlberg is said to be in negotiations to reprise the role.

'Battleship' filmmaker Peter Berg is reportedly attached to produce and possibly direct if the project comes together, which would see him reunite with his 'Lone Survivor' colleague Wahlberg.

Harvey Weinstein is also said to be taking on a producing role in some capacity.

'The Six Million Dollar Man' has been the subject of film remake talk for over two decades, with Kevin Smith writing a draft for a screenplay in the 90s, which eventually turned into the comic book 'The Bionic Man', before Jim Carrey became attached to star in a 2003 project to be directed by Todd Phillips, which also fell through.

Leonardo DiCaprio was also rumoured to be in talks to take on the role of Austin in 2013 under the direction of Bryan Singer, but the movie never materialised.

Wahlberg is currently starring in 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' and has a number of projects in the pipeline including 'Mojave', 'The Gambler' and 'Ted 2'.

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