Argentine screenwriter and director Damián Szifrón will make his big debut in Hollywood with none other than Marky Mark Wahlberg in a production of The Six Billion Dollar Man, a remake of the 1970s television series bearing the same name and inspired by the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin.
Szifrón has already completed the screenplay; the big news today is that he’s also been selected to direct the film.
The 40-year-old screenwriter and director is best known for his films The Bottom of the Sea (2003), Tiempo de Valientes (“On Probation,” 2005) and Relatos Salvajes (“Wild Tales,” 2014), which was nominated for best foreign language film at the 87th Academy Awards. Szifrón is also known for the popular comedy television series Los Simuladores (“The Pretenders”).
“Writing the screenplay was such a fantastic ride and embarking on this journey with Mark, Bob [Weinstein] and Stephen [Levinson] to take this story to a whole new level is simply spectacular,” Szifrón told Variety. “Growing up, these kind of films left an indelible mark on me and now it feels so good to be making one.”
Here’s a synopsis:
Prized military officer Steve Austin has looked death in the eyes as a devastating accident leaves his body in ruins. Practically useless in his feeble state, the government has other plans for the otherwise bearded invalid: Austin is transformed into the first-ever bionic man. This transformed military weapon has superhuman abilities and sets off to do the bidding of his government…
Are you sweating? Then open a window.
The Weinstein Company is the studio producing the film and is best known for The Imitation Game, The Artist, The King’s Speech and Scary Movie 5.
Production will begin next September and the release date has been set for December 22, 2017 – perfect timing to distract oneself from holiday depression.
But forget about the Boston man-child and overeating to cope with the loneliness brought on by “the most wonderful time of the year,” let’s raise a glass to our boy, Damián!
The young(ish) director has already made a name for himself in Hollywood and within a class of fellow Argentines in “the biz.” And who knows what can happen after working with the leader of the Funky Bunch.