The Mark: According to Variety, Nickelodeon Movies and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment are moving forward on sci-fi actioner "The Mark," a long-in-development project, with Smith toplining.

Project, first set up in 1998 by Overbrook and Centropolis at Universal with a script from Rob Lifield, will be produced by Nick Movies senior VP Julia Pistor and Overbrook partners Smith and John Lassiter. The producers have tapped the writing team of Gregg Chabot and Kevin Peterka (Reign of Fire) to adapt The Mark.

Smith will star as an everyman who discovers a strange mark has transferred to his body from the corpse of a Confederate soldier. Although the mark grants him special powers, he also struggles with the impulse to use it for evil purposes.

"The Mark" will launch first as a feature and then as an animated TV series on Spike TV.

Brian B.