It doesn’t look like a Bumblee sequel is next for director Travis Knight, who has reportedly joined the Warner Bros. feature film adaptation of the classic 1970’s television series The Six Million Dollar Man, which is titled The Six Billion Dollar Man as six million doesn’t go that far these days. The news on the delayed Mark Wahlberg led project comes to us from Variety.
Mark is set to play the lead role of Colonel Steven Austin.
Colonel Steve Austin, astronaut and test pilot, is badly injured when he crashes while testing an experimental aircraft. A covert government agency (O.S.I.) is willing to pay for special prosthetics to replace the eye, arm, and both legs he lost in the crash.
Interesting enough, when there were rumblings that Knight was on Marvel’s radar to direct The Eternals and possibly even Guardians 3 (after the firing of James Gunn). When asked about being in the mix for a Marvel project he said his next film would be stop-motion/animation, Six Billion Dollar Man is clearly a live-action project. Variety also points out he was being courted by other studios before deciding to pick this one.
Mark Wahlberg hasn’t had a lot of luck at the box office leading his own features, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fairs without the boost of his Transformers buddies. I’m guessing that the studio hopes that Knight can give the project a little heart and humor.
Warner Bros. had set the film’s release date for June 5th, 2020, it’ll be interesting if they’ll stick with that spot given the film’s production delays.