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Is Leonardo DiCaprio Worth $6 Billion?

Forget 'Battlestar Galactica,' Bryan Singer is thinking of his next project

If there was someone obsessed with bringing 1970s television shows to the big screen, it looks like Bryan Singer is your man.

Singer, who already has plans to adapt the original version of "Battlestar Galactica," apparently is also thinking about another film that will make Baby Boomers happy: A new version of "The Six Million Dollar Man." Except this is a film adjusted for inflation. Instead, it will be called "The Six Billion Dollar Man," and it could very well star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Fresh off what some are saying is an Oscar-worthy performance in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," DiCaprio has not committed to the film. He is aware, however, of Singer's interest, according to Latino Review.

Singer is apparently working not only from the 1970s version of the show that starred Lee Majors, but also on the 1972 novel "Cyborg," written by Martin Caidin, which the later television show was adapted from. That book was later followed up with "Operation Nuke," "High Crystal" and "Cyborg IV" before 1975. The novels are considered much darker than the television show, and it's likely Singer will look to bring a darker tone to his efforts.

Caidin, who claimed to have psychic and telekinetic abilities, died in 1997 in Tallahassee, Fla., at the age of 69.

So when will Singer put together this project? It appears to be far less developed than his "Battlestar Galactica" concept, which just recently picked up a writer. "Battlestar" is listed among Singer's "in development" projects on Internet Movie Database, along with "Freedom Formula" and "Capeshooters," but nothing yet on "Six Billion Dollar Man." It's likely this film couldn't be ready before 2015 or even 2016, if it ever gets made.

The concept has the backing of the Weinstein brothers, who apparently won a battle with NBC Universal over the rights to the concept. However, it's not fully clear who currently holds the film rights. The battle between the then Weinstein-owned Miramax and Universal had disrupted DVD distribution of the original series, but they were later made available through Time-Life.

If DiCaprio were to join the project, it would be the first time Singer and the actor have worked together. "J. Edgar" has made $13.1 million so far, but just went into wide release Nov. 11. DiCaprio is reportedly committed to at least four films in the next couple of years, including "The Great Gatsby" from his "Romeo + Juliet" director Baz Luhrmann, and "Django Unchained" from director Quentin Tarantino.

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