NL assembles '$40,000 Man'


New Line Cinema has picked up Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's comedy spec "The $40,000 Man."

The story centers on a legendary astronaut and "true American hero" who finds himself horribly injured in a car crash and is rebuilt by the government to be a bionic man but on a budget of $40,000 — which makes him not that bionic.

Chris Bender and JC Spink are producing through their New Line-based shingle, and Benderspink's Jake Weiner is executive producing.

New Line's Dave Neustadter and Cale Boyter are overseeing the project for the studio.

"We were thinking about the whole concept of the 'The Six Million Dollar Man,' and we thought that it would be funny if the government didn't have enough money," Daley said.

Daley, who starred on the critically acclaimed TV series "Freaks and Geeks," is repped by the Kohner Agency and manager Paul Coates. "$40,000 Man" marks the first writing project for Daley, who also starred on "Kitchen Confidential" for New Line Television.

Goldstein was a writer on the "The Geena Davis Show," which also starred Daley.

He is handled by Endeavor.