Thesp to star; Devlin, Emmerich to produce

Will Smith has tapped the writing team of Glen Morgan and Jim Wong to adapt the sci-fi actioner “The Mark,” which the star’s Overbrook Prods. is developing at Universal Pictures.

Pic, which Smith, Overbrook’s James Lassiter and Centropolis’ Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are producing, is set in New York during the year 2001.

Smith will star as an average guy who discovers an ancient talisman that grants him special powers. However, he then finds himself in the middle of a giant struggle for world domination.

U originally bought the script from comic book scribe Rob Liefield for a reported $1 million against $2 million. It was unclear whether Morgan and Wong would be basing their script on Liefield’s draft or starting from scratch.

Smith, who currently is shooting Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Wild, Wild West,” is expected to do “Mark” after another U pic, drama “K-Pax,” for producers Lawrence Gordon and Susan Pollock. If true, that puts the start date of the film well into 1999.

There is no director attached to “Mark,” which U sees as a major effects-driven release.

Morgan and Wong just finished the script for mystery thriller “Flight 180″ for New Line Cinema. Their Hard Eight Pictures banner is producing the pic with Zide-Perry Films.

Wong is directing “Flight,” marking his debut.

U president of production Stacy Snider and senior VP of production Mary Parent are overseeing “Mark” for the studio.

Morgan and Wong have written and produced various episodes of “The X-Files” and “Millennium.” They are repped by Endeavor.

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