Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed to Star in 'Six Million Dollar Man' Remake

November 17, 2011 08:16:51 GMT

Words are, director John Singer is pursuing the 'Inception' actor to play Steve Austin, the bionic man on the 1970's iconic TV show, in his upcoming movie project.

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A big screen adaptation of the iconic 1970's TV show "The Six Million Dollar Man" is reportedly being in the works. The Weinstein Co. is closing a deal with Universal Pictures to develop the project with "Valkyrie" helmer Bryan Singer being lined up to direct. According to Latino Review, Singer is eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio to tackle the lead role.

DiCaprio is expected to play bionic man Steve Austin, a character that was made famous by Lee Majors in the original television series. However, it is said that he would not seal any deal before he read the screenplay, which will be written by Christopher McQuarrie.

The "Inception" actor is currently filming Baz Luhrmann's high-profile film project "The Great Gatsby", which also stars Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. His upcoming project includes "Django Unchained, which will open in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, the same day when "Great Gatsby" will be released.

As for Singer, his upcoming directed film is "Jack the Giant Killer", will be released in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 with Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor making up the cast ensemble. He is currently also busy preparing the big screen version of another 1970s' TV series, "Battlestar Galactica".

The original "Six Million Dollar Man" itself follows Austin, a pilot who was dying after his ship crashed. Brought back to life by the government, he was augmented with cybernetic parts that gave him superhuman strength and speed. To pay his dues, he becomes a secret operative who fights against injustice.


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posted by jcy on Apr 06, 2014
it says "director John Singer" right below the headline, maybe fix that
posted by Donnab1116 on Mar 30, 2014
Okay I love Leo but he isn't right for the part. TOM HARDY WOULD BE PERFECT. YES
posted by Cory on Dec 28, 2013
As a few have already mentioned, Jim Caviezel would be a good choice. But, I think the ideal choice to portray Steve Austin would be Karl Urban. Ever since I seen him in Red, I thought he would make the ideal Six Million Dollar Man.
posted by byrd1965 on Dec 07, 2013
Dont know but hurry up wifth film
posted by myk tiberius on Nov 30, 2013
I don't buy Di Caprio as an action adventure hero, Christian Bale is a way better choice, and Bruce Greenwood as Oscar Goldman would also be a good choice, with a look like Jorel in the original Superman movie, and the plot better not be b.s. about save the world from a nuclear weapon, but subtle with robotic operatives that Austin takes for friends, also maybe codes in music from the one episode with Jaime Sommers. If the movie has Sommers, maybe Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica
posted by colpalmer on Nov 19, 2013
posted by Kirk-the-captain on Aug 26, 2013
The worst mess up was The Thunderbirds. Please, let's keep the original theme to keep a fan following and spark the interest of the young gamers. Special effects will make it every bit better than the original. And please, leave the wretched Middle East out of it as all we do is portray them as innocent when they are a big turn off. They messed up iron man with that rubbish. Keep it Cold War if we so want to move east.
posted by Brett clarke on Jul 28, 2013
I think the only actor today who could pass as Steve Austin is David Cubitt who played Lee Scanlon in the show MEDIUM. I really think he has a look of Lee Majors, he'd be great!
posted by DeCumba on Jul 21, 2013
I was a huge fan of the show when it was on air, and just like every kid back then, pretended to be steve austin. I don't think that DiCaprio is the right choice for the movie - but he might surprise us so I would stay hopeful - however, if it was upto me, I would choose Chris Evans or if we were to change the ethnicity of the character, I would choose Morris Chestnut.
posted by Maryvee on Jun 22, 2013
Lee majors should be oscar goldman and dewain johnson the rock play steve austin
posted by eric on May 09, 2013
Why would universal pictures allow bryan singer to direct the six million dollar man after the hatched job he did on superman returns? They should get j.j. abrams to direct it and cast either matt damon or chris pine from star trek.
posted by realityman on Mar 14, 2013
Channing Tatum?Have any of you seen him act?Let's get real, he is only eye candy. If that is what women want ,at least get someone who has acting skills as well, like Brad Pitt or try someone like Tom Hardy.Both great actors who could fill the macho role in different ways.
posted by mcbandit101493 on Feb 28, 2013
I think it has a chance if Lee Majors played Oscar Goldman. I would also love it if they made it into a series again.
posted by Carl Antony Sole on Feb 27, 2013
Yeah Hugh Jackman would be good choice also as Steve Austin, But I still believe Jim Caviezel would do a awesome Job , and yes Lee Majors as Oscar Goldman & charlize theron bionic women.
posted by Superheroman on Feb 05, 2013
I think Hugh Jackman would do justice to Steve Austin with Lee Majors as Goldman, Catherine Zeta Jones as the Bionic Woman and Directed by Michael Bay and Produced By Christopher Nolan.
posted by JJ on Feb 01, 2013
How about Paul Walker??
posted by Carl Antony s on Jan 30, 2013
I think Jim Caviezel would good choice. Good actor..!
posted by Killjoy on Jan 30, 2013
I think Taylor Kitsch would be a better choice then DiCaprio. I also think pee wee herman would be better then DiCaprio.
posted by wolfman on Nov 30, 2012
Actually Channing Tatum may be an even better choice than Matt Damon
posted by wolfman on Nov 29, 2012
Matt Damon would be the best choice with Mark Walberg being second
posted by Real timer on Oct 25, 2012
As a watcher and a fan of the original series, I think a unknown would be the fit for the role, and having Lee Majors play Oscar Goldman would be a seat filler for sure. But we MUST have Micheal Bay direct it...
posted by mabelsboy on Sep 30, 2012
It seems everyone is missing the obvious PERFECT choice.... MATT DAMON. Because of the Bourne Films, he could pull it off like no other. I pray it is MATT.... it would be AWESOME!
posted by matthewsoutherland on Sep 23, 2012
Stone cold steve austin should play his namesake
posted by Ghost on Sep 16, 2012
Will Ferrel. And keep it as The Six Million Dollar Man, but with today's value. Having an eye that doesn't always focus just right or an arm that shorts out once in awhile. Boo Yah.
posted by OSI-Headquarters on Aug 20, 2012
Brad Pitt because Lee Majors was the Brad Pitt of the 70's have Mickey Rourke play Major Slone (Masketron) he already has the robot face and played the bad guy in iron man
posted by kevin kicker on Aug 08, 2012
Ok I'm 52 I liked this show a lot Lee Majors is awesome.He is macho and realistic,As the ex Air Force Astronaut.So lets let the Guy rest a Hero. Kwd.
posted by Drash on Aug 02, 2012
DiCraprio playing Austin is a horrible idea. he's not the strongest actor to begin with and sucks in action films. vin deisel is also a bad choice, he's over the top; too big, you want someone who is athletic enough that they could pass for a military officer but not a body builder. I think the best idea mentioned so far would be walberg, but I think Colin Farrell, gerard butler, or channing tatum could each play the role better then DiCraprio
posted by lilbigtim on Jul 15, 2012
No not him and you need to make the movie first. first how he came to be and got started so on. second fighting evil the soga continues third he meets jamie the bionic woman then the bad bionic man. see 3 hit movies to go by then start a series....dig i want my cut lol.
posted by john rambo on Jul 09, 2012
I don't think caprio is qualified to be Mr Austin in 6 million dollar man.If we had no choice....what the hell ! Keep it on but who's going to be Oscar Goldman?Sean Connery or Roger Moore?
posted by iddywacu on Jun 29, 2012
I think Mark Wahlberg would be a good Steve Austin
posted by PKster on Jun 05, 2012
I also think a better choice to play Steve Austin would be someone more athletic. After all...he IS supposed to be a pilot. Maybe a Ryan Reynolds type.
posted by PKster on Jun 05, 2012
Shouldn't it be the 6 BILLION dollar man? I mean...inflation and all.
posted by heatin5 on May 27, 2012
Decaprio would be a perfect Steve Austin. You need someone that can show the humanity and emotion of such a trauma. Getting a typical action actor like Vin Deisel would make it to campy.
posted by masterjoe on May 09, 2012
i think that sam worthington should play the roll, you would make millions,dicaprio died in titanic.
posted by monkey on Apr 02, 2012
Having being a young lad in the 70s and being mad for steve austin,owning the doll and t-shirts and even lifting bricks in the garden da da da da da da being 45 years old and a massive movie fanatic for a long long time i have often questioned why "the six million dollar man" had never been turned into a movie,not sure di caprio is right for the part but lets hope if it happens they dont shaft the movie up
posted by Blue on Jan 13, 2012
I would love to see Lee Majors in the remake of the Six Million Dollar Man! He is what made the show such a worldwide success!
posted by Dezo769 on Dec 27, 2011
Vin deisel,russell crowe,hugh jackman,Dwayne(the rock)johnson, mike mussina these people shld play the roll clnl mjr steve austin stay the hell away from leanardo dicapprio he's not a bad boy kick kinda guy please cause the movie people violated Dukes of Hazard, starsky&Hutch,the 1st planet of the apes and the A-Team barely made it by.
posted by marklbelluk on Nov 20, 2011
Having grown up in the era of Lee Majors and the Bionic man series I have my doubts about Decaprio playing this role. Perhaps an unknown looking more like the original Steve Austin would be better. And teh production of the film woul dhave to have the essential characteristics of the original series or it will lkely flop as being nothing special.

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