Mark Wahlberg's Six Billion Dollar Man gets 2017 release date

2015-11-03 22:00

Los Angeles - Mark Wahlberg's remake of the Six Billion Dollar Man is set for release in December 2017.

The 44-year-old actor has revealed the reboot of the iconic 1970s TV show is going ahead, with filming kicking off next September, and will hit the big screen in two years' time.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said: "I'm thrilled to assemble The Six Billion Dollar Man for the big screen. We look forward to creating a Steve Austin for the 21st century."

Damian Szifron, who penned the adaptation, has jumped onboard as director after replacing Peter Berg, while TWC- Dimension will produce the forthcoming film.

Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of TWC-Dimension, said: "We are excited to release the film during the holidays to bring audiences an explosive re-imagining of this cultural icon."

Wahlberg will star as astronaut Steve Austin, who is badly injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft.

The space crew member is "rebuilt", with both legs and his left eye being replaced with bionic implants that enhance his strength and speed, in a scheme costing six million dollars.

Using his enhanced abilities, Steve lands a job working for the Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI) as a secret agent.

Meanwhile, the rest of the cast is yet to be announced.

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