Pic worth a ‘Billion’

Sands to update '70s skein for Dimension

NEW YORK — Dimension Films has tapped tyro scribe Trevor Sands to pen its tentpole film “Six Billion Dollar Man” — the updated version of Universal TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

Dimension execs had been searching for a writer for some time. Sands came in for an informal meeting with such a strong pitch that he was asked to stay and immediately present it to Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein.

Sands’ deal includes first-look writing and directing terms for future projects as well.

“This film has the potential to be a major franchise for us, and we wanted to find the best writer for the project,” said Weinstein. “Trevor’s ideas are creative and original, and we’re excited to develop the script with him.”

Scott Faye of Collision Entertainment will produce along with Larry Gordon (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”). Scott Cherrin will co-produce.

Dimension has a history of cultivating relationships with young writers, including Kevin Williamson and, more recently, Eduardo Rodriguez, who is set to pen his original pitch “Symbiosis.”

Based on Caidin’s novels

Film will be based on Martin Caidin’s “Cyborg” novels, which were the basis for the Universal Television series “Six Million Dollar Man” in the 1970s. U has first dibs at co-financing the adaptation with Dimension.

Sands is developing a project with Kevin Spacey and Bernie Morris of Trigger Street Prods. that he plans to direct. Past writing credits include “Startide Rising” for Mace Neufeld Prods., based on the novel by David Brin; “Repairman Jack,” set up at Beacon; and “Software,” based on the novel by Rudy Rucker, for Phoenix Pictures.

Sands also co-wrote and directed the award-winning short “Inside,” starring Jeremy Sisto and produced by Gary Bryman and Steve Hein of Quality Filmed Entertainment.

Michael Zoumas, senior veep of production and development, is overseeing the project for Dimension along with co-presidents Andrew Rona and Brad Weston.