American studio giant Warner Bros.’ reboot of a hit 1970s TV series is now in pre-production in the UK.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, The Six Billion Dollar Man is based on the similarly-titled US sci-fi action series that ran for five seasons and made a huge star of Lee Majors as the bionic Colonel Steve Austin.
Damian Szifron directs the film from his own screenplay. Szifron’s credits include Los Simuladores and Wild Tales, the most successful TV series and film respectively in the history of his native Argentina.
The Six Billion Dollar Man is one of several major US films currently setting up UK shoots, including Wonder Woman 2, Maleficent 2, The One and Only Ivan and the untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.
Recent statistics from the BFI highlighted the huge economic impact of inward investment features landing in the UK – in 2017 they contributed a whopping £1.7bn of the total production spend on film.
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