Late last year, Universal Pictures and NBCUniversal TV put the closing touches on a staggering deal to adapt Stephen King's novel series, "The Dark Tower" into three feature films and a TV series to be broadcast between the movies. And while Javier Bardem has recently been rumored to be in talks for the lead, news about the TV series has been scarce… until now.
Deadline is reporting that Mark Verheiden has been signed to join "The Dark Tower" TV series as an executive producer and a co-writer with Akiva Goldsman. Ron Howard will direct the TV series in addition to the feature film trilogy. As currently envisioned, "The Dark Tower" series will serve as a bridge between the first and the second films.
Verheiden has extensive experience in genre, with an impressive comic book resume dating back to 1987, with "Aliens," "Predator," "Superman/Batman," "The Phantom," "Evil Dead," "Stalkers" and many other titles.
Outside of comics, Verheiden is best known for his work on the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot as a writer and an executive producer, as well as stints on "Smallville," "Heroes" and the upcoming Steven Spielberg sci-fi series, "Falling Skies." Verheiden also contributed to the scripts for the theatrical adaptations of "The Mask" and "Timecop," in addition to creating the "Timecop" TV series.
In 2007, Verheiden wrote "My Name Is Bruce" for cult actor, Bruce Campbell, who starred in and directed the film.
Although there isn't yet a date set for the debut of "The Dark Tower" TV show, it will almost certainly end up on NBC.
The first "Dark Tower" film is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2013.