WITH DIMENSION FILMS
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[ December 14th 2001 ]
Pictures has pacted with Dimension Films to create
a feature adaptation of Martin Caidin's Cyborg,
the 1972 novel that served as the basis for the
1974-78 Universal Television series The Six Million
Gordon will produce the film with Scott Faye and
Paul Rosenberg's Collision Entertainment. U retains
the right to opt in and co-finance 50% of the
production and any others relating to The Six
Million Dollar Man. Universal first began developing
the feature in 1995, with Kevin Smith penning
the script. While it's possible Smith could be
involved with the newest take on the project,
there are no writers' deals in place.
original series, Steve Austin was an American
astronaut badly injured in the desert crash of
his moon-landing vehicle. The government saved
his life by replacing body parts with atomic-powered
bionic devices. The half-man, half-cyborg was
then utilized on dangerous missions for the Office
of Scientific Information, doing battle with various
international crooks and mad scientists.
pact also includes rights to the three other novels
in Caidin's Cyborg series: Operation Nuke, High
Crystal and Cyborg IV. "Six Million Dollar Man
is a franchisable film that we have been wanting
to make for a long time now," Dimension co-chairman
Bob Weinstein told Daily Variety. "We're elated
to have worked out a partnership with Universal."
Cherrin will serve as co-producer on the project.
Michael Zoumas, Dimension's senior VP of production
and development, is overseeing the project with
Dimension co-prexys Andrew Rona and Brad Weston.
most recently produced Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
and K-PAX. Collision is developing a number of
projects for Dimension, including the vidgame
adaptations Max Payne, Alice and Doom. Senior
exec VP Michael Helfant and senior VP of business
and legal affairs Andrew Gumpert negotiated on
behalf of Dimension.