With the monumental task of adapting Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series ahead of them, Deadline reports that Universal Pictures and director Ron Howard are bringing in another writer to help flesh out the story. The online trade confirmed that Mark Verheiden will join previously-set scribe Akiva Goldsman to co-write the script for the television series which is planned to bridge the gap between the first and second movie of the trilogy.
Verheiden’s credits include a host of genre television series, some of which include: Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Heroes and Smallville. He’s currently producing the upcoming TNT show, Falling Skies.
Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment plan to produce three films and a television series based on Stephen King’s seven epic novels. With Ron Howard set to direct the first film and the first season of television (cast of the films included), casting is underway for the production. Javier Bardem is reportedly psychologically locked in for the role of lead gunslinger Roland Deschain but fans will still have to wait until the deal is done and confirmed.
The first installment, The Dark Tower, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2013.