Peter Berg will direct the movie. “Wild Tales,” which Szifron wrote and directed, was nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards.
“Six Billion Dollar Man” is based on the television series “The Six Million Dollar Man” and the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin. The story follows military officer Steve Austin, who is brought back to life after a severe accident and becomes part of a top-secret government program that gives him extraordinary strength.
Producers are Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Bob Weinstein.
“When I met with Damian I was so happy to learn that growing up as a kid he was a fan of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,'” Weinstein said in a statement. “He subsequently shared how he envisioned a modern retelling of the story with a new and unique vision. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and I couldn’t be more excited that he has come on board to write the script.”
Szifron is repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman. Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are overseeing production for TWC-Dimension.