Although the movie is slated to start filming this summer, director Damián Szifron has exited Warner Bros.’ Six Billion Dollar Man.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “creative differences” are to be blamed for Szifron’s split with the studio. However, it’s unknown what specifically caused Szifron, who also co-wrote the script, to part with the project.
Szifron took over the project after the departure of Lone Survivor director Peter Berg in 2015.
Mark Wahlberg will play the titular Six Billion Dollar Man, an update on the original Six Million Dollar Man TV series that ran on ABC from 1973 to 1978. The classic series starred Lee Majors as Steve Austin, a NASA astronaut whose body is outfitted with six million dollars worth of bionic enhancements and replacements following a catastrophic crash. The enhancements give him a number of powers, including super strength, speed, vision and more. The series was popular enough to inspire a a spin-off series called The Bionic Woman, which ran from 1976 to 1978.
Production on the Six Billion Dollar Man was slated to begin in September 2016, with a targeted release date of December 22, 2017. The movie is now set for release on May 31, 2019.
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