ByCollins Vincent, writer at
A cynic who's eaten one too many Redvines
Collins Vincent

Another 80's cartoon in desperate need of a live action adaptation is Bionic six. The action-adventure tv series was a huge hit in the 80's and still has a fairly large fan-base. Bionic six has the potential to become the next big action adventure franchise if it was to be picked up for a film adaptation. It has great characterization and narrative, the concept is intriguing, and the villains are menacing. Hopefully the property finds a home at big studio because this could be a gold mine.

Here's the plot synopsis for the show:

In the near future (some unspecified decades after 1999), Professor Dr. Amadeus Sharp Ph.D., head of the Special Projects Labs (SPL), creates a new form of technology to augment humans through bionics. His first subject was Jack Bennett, a test pilot who secretly acted as Sharp's field agent, Bionic-1. On a family ski vacation in the Himalayas, an alien spacecraft triggers an avalanche that buries the entire family, exposing them to the unusual radiation of a mysterious buried object. Jack frees himself but discovers his family in a comatose state. Theorizing that Jack's bionics protected him from the radiation, Professor Sharp implants bionic technology in the others, awakening them. Afterward, the family operates incognito as a publicly lauded team of adventuring superheroes, the Bionic Six.

The primary antagonist of the series is a mad scientist known as Doctor Scarab, along with his gang of henchmen – Glove, Madam-O, Chopper, Mechanic, and Klunk – accompanied by Scarab's legion of drone robots called Cyphrons. Ironically, Scarab is Professor Sharp's brother. Obsessed with obtaining immortality and ruling the world, Scarab believes that the key to both goals lies in the secret bionic technology invented by his brother, ever plotting to possess it.

The plot is functional and the story is simple enough to understand. We have our scientist father who is responsible for creating advanced bionic technology that he uses on his family as well as himself. Then we have our villain who seeks to gain immortality and believes that the bionic technology is the key. The villain also happens to be the brother of the main character (oooh, tension). There is basically enough material here to span at least three movies.

Bionic six has all the components of a successful franchise and more. We have the family of superhero adventurers ( similar dynamic to fantastic four) who travel all around the world in search of discovery or to simply foil their enemies plans. The family aspect would play heavily into the plot since it would be great way to connect with modern audiences, especially families. There is advanced technology and Science. The main thing driving the plot is the villain's pursuit of bionic technology. There will be alot of discussions about bionic technology as well as the characters who struggle to understand how their the bionics work and what their limits are. Then there is the science behind their bionics which involves understanding their strengths and weaknesses.

Of course, before you make a movie there has to be a target audience or interest for the movie. Bionic six has both. There are fans who have been lobbying for a Bionic six live action film by discussing it on fan forums, creating fan-casts, and writing fan-fiction. The concept of Bionic six could ensure that it has wide enough appeal since it contains subject matter that could appeal to a global audience. Since Bionic six falls under sci-fi it will be able to ride the wave of popularity that currently surrounds that particular genre. With films like the He-man reboot on the way we could be a few steps closer to seeing this iconic team of heroes on the big screen.


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