Mark Verheiden To Co-Write <i>The Dark Tower</i> TV Series

Battlestar Galactica writer/producer Mark Verheiden will team up with Akiva Goldsman to pen the NBC television series The Dark Tower, part of an ambitious adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling fantasy epic.

The plan by Universal Pictures, NBC Universal and Imagine Entertainment calls for a film trilogy and a TV series that will serve as a bridge between the first and second movies. Ron Howard will direct first movie and the series. Academy Award winner Javier Bardem is closing a deal to star as gunslinger Roland Deschain.

Deadline reports that Verheiden will executive produce The Dark Tower series with Goldman. He previously served as a supervising producer on Smallville, co-executive producer on Battlestar Galactica and consulting producer on Heroes. He's also a co-executive producer on Falling Skies, TNT's upcoming alien-invasion drama.

Verheiden is, of course, also comics veteran, having written such titles as The American and Aliens for Dark Horse, and Superman, Superman/Batman and Smallville for DC Comics.

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