Mark Wahlberg Might Be the New ‘Six Million Dollar Man’
Transformers + Marky Mark = Cyborg
Here’s something we didn’t see coming, but would makeÂ perfect sense.Â The Tracking BoardÂ has reported a rumor that Mark Wahlberg mightÂ play the lead in a Universal Pictures remake of The Six Million Dollar Man.
The 1970s TV show centers around former astronaut Steve Austin, whose body is rebuilt into a “bionic man” after injury. Austin works for the fictional government office OSIâ€”which stands for Office of Scientific Intelligence, of course. The series’ title comes from the cost of Austin’sÂ procedure.
Though the casting of WahlbergÂ is just a rumor, the idea of Marky MarkÂ playing a cyborg makes plenty of sense at the moment, considering the worldwide box office success of Transformers 4. So far, the movieÂ has banked more than $500 million, and the natural progression would be for us to find out what happens when Cade YeagerÂ becomes part-Autobot.
Plus, as Cinema Blend notes, when you think about who else has been in the running to play Steve Austin in previous yearsâ€”Jim Carrey, Leonardo DiCaprioâ€”action star Wahlberg would clearly be the best casting choice.
The Six Million Dollar Man TV show was based onÂ the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin and ran for five seasons from 1974 to 1978 on ABC, starring Lee Majors as Steve Austin, and a spinoff, The Bionic Woman, aired from â€™76 to â€™78. A short-lived remake of The Bionic WomanÂ aired in 2007.
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