TV, film and comic book writer Mark Verheiden has been tapped to co-write with Akiva Goldsman the NBC TV series “The Dark Tower,” reports Deadline.
The project is part of a massive joint deal Universal Pictures and NBC Universal TV Entertainment signed back in September to turn Stephen King’s opus of best-selling novels — which have sold more than 30 million copies — into into a feature film trilogy and a TV series, both of them creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.
As previously announced, Ron Howard will direct the series, which is envisioned as a bridge between the first and second movie in the trilogy. Universal Pictures will release the first, starring Javier Bardem as the gunslinger, on May 17, 2013.
The books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world.