Mark Wahlberg is teaming up with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for a feature-length version of the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man - inflated to The Six BILLION Dollar Man for a modern audience. 

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg [L] teamed up with Peter Berg on Lone Survivor

Wahlberg will play Steve Austin, former astronaut who, after a horrific plane crash, is saved by doctors and fitted with bionic replacements for both legs, his right arm and left eye. Austin suddenly becomes a force to be reckoned with and begins work as a secret agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence. 

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Based on the sci-fi book Cyborg by Martin Caidin, The Six Million Dollar Man developed a huge fan-base in the 70s and spawned a spin-off, The Bionic Woman. The thinking behind the new movie is that Wahlberg and Berg will succeed in pulling in older fans of the TV series, while introducing the character to a new generation of kids.

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Bob Weinstein is producing, alongside Berg and his producing partner Sarah Aubrey. Dimension plans to get Wahlberg in front of the camera in 2015 with a release date planned for 2016. It's likely that the Hollywood star will make comedy Daddy's Home (opposite Will Ferrell) first, as well as the highly anticipated Deepwater Horizon project with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. The latter is expected to begin filming in late spring/early summer. 

Wahlberg will next be seen in Paramount's The Gambler, set for release on December 19, just in time for a shot at the Oscars. It follows the story of Jim Bennett, an English professor and high-stakes gambler who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral.

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