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THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: Mark Wahlberg may become a Cyborg

Lee Majors The Six Million Dollar Man

Mark Wahlberg may become The Six Million Dollar Man. The 1970’s sci-fi TV series The Six Million Dollar Man may be made into a motion picture with Mark Wahlberg possibly in the starring role. The movie may be directed and produced Peter Berg. After watching Lone Survivor and what the two of them were able to create with that film, The Six Million Dollar Man would certainly have grit. Here is the problem though: Universal Pictures would most-likely want the film to be PG-13, so the accident and the surgeries afterward would be blood and goreless. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I would rather see Verhoeven’s Robocop than Padilha’s Robocop. “Harvey Weinstein is also attached in some producing capacity.”

On The Six Million Dollar Man television series and television movies:

The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which was the series’s proposed title during pre-production. Following three television movies aired in 1973, The Six Million Dollar Man aired on the ABC network as a regular series for five seasons from 1974 to 1978. The title role of Steve Austin was played by Lee Majors, who subsequently became a pop culture icon of the 1970s. A spin-off series, The Bionic Woman, ran from 1976 to 1978 (and, in turn, was the subject of a remake in 2007). Several television movies featuring both eponymous characters were also produced between 1987 and 1994.

On Steve Austin’s bionic abilities:

* A bionic left eye with a 20.2:1 zoom lens along with a night vision function (as well as the restoration of normal vision). The figure of 20.2:1 is taken from the faux computer graphics in the opening credits; the figure 20:1 is mentioned twice in the series, in the episode “Population: Zero” and “Secret of Bigfoot”. Austin’s bionic eye also has other features, such as an infrared filter used frequently to see in the dark and also to detect heat (as in the episode “The Pioneers”), and the ability to view humanoid beings moving too fast for a normal eye to see (as in the story arc “The Secret of Bigfoot”). One early episode shows the eye as a deadly accurate targeting device for his throwing arm.
In Caidin’s original novels, Austin’s eye was depicted as simply a camera (which had to be physically removed after use) and Austin remained blind in the eye. Later, Austin gained the ability to shoot a laser from the eye. The Charlton Comics comic book spin-off from the series also established that Austin’s bionic eye could shoot a laser beam (as demonstrated in the first issues of the color comic), but neither function was shown on television.

* Bionic legs allowing him to run at tremendous speed and make great leaps. Austin’s upper speed limit was never firmly established, although a speed of 60 mph (97 km/h) is commonly quoted since this figure is shown on a speed gauge during the opening credits. The highest speed ever shown in the series on a speed gauge is 67 mph (108 km/h) in “The Pal-Mir Escort”; however, the later revival films suggested that he could run approximately 90 mph (145 km/h). A faster top speed is possible, as an episode of the Bionic Woman spin-off entitled “Winning is Everything” shows female cyborg Jaime Sommers outrunning a race car going 100 mph (161 km/h). In “Secret of Bigfoot” it’s stated that he can leap 30 feet high.

* A bionic right arm with the equivalent strength of a bulldozer; that the arm contains a Geiger counter was established in “Doomsday and Counting”, the sixth episode of the first season.

The implants have a major flaw in that extreme cold interferes with their functions and can disable them given sufficient exposure. However, when Austin returns to a warmer temperature, the implants quickly regain full functionality. The first season also established that Austin’s bionics malfunction in the micro-gravity of space, though Austin’s bionics are later modified to rectify this. The bionic eye is vulnerable to ultrasonic attack, resulting in blindness and dizziness.

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