The ultimate “slow-mo” superwoman is about to make a comeback.
Thanks to the popularity of the remake of Battlestar Galactica, producer David Eick has been given the go ahead to bring back The Bionic Woman, as reported by Variety Magazine.
In the original (1976-1978), Lindsay Wagner played tennis champion Jaime Sommers, who was nearly killed in a skydiving accident. As luck would have it, Sommers was the perfect candidate for an operation, which was funded by the U.S. Government. The project was spearheaded by Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson), who was the head of OSI, a spy agency. Essentially, replacing her ears, one arm, and both of her legs, Jaime Sommers gained a new life under the condition that she would work with OSI on missions while keeping a low profile.
The original series was actually jumpstarted on The Six Million Dollar Man (which starred Lee Majors as Steve Austin) in a two-parter right around the show’s third season. Although Wagner was contracted for one episode (her character was killed off), her appearance generated a lot of fanmail. In response, the producers brought her character back to life in another two-part episode the next season, spinning off the Bionic series at that point.
For the new version, producer Eick wants to step away from militarism/terrorism and explore how a contemporary woman leads a professional career while keeping her bionic powers a secret.
"It's using the idea of artificial technology as a metaphor for what contemporary women sometimes feel is necessary to do everything that needs to be done," said Eick to Variety.
Any indication of a Six Million series refurbishment remains to be seen.
At this time, no one has been cast for the role for the new Bionic Woman.Powered by Sidelines