The Dark Tower Adds Mark Verheiden

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Mark Verheiden will join Akiva Goldsman as co-writer of the multi-tiered film and television adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Deadline is reporting.

Envisioned as three films and a television series (to star the same cast), the project will bring to the screen King’s fantasy epic that spreads across seven published novels. Ron Howard plans to direct the first part of the series and would at least oversee the rest of the massive adaptation.

Verheiden, who has written for “Smallville,” “Heroes,” “Battlestar Galactica” and many more television series, is the co-executive producer of the upcoming “Falling Skies.” He will also executive produce The Dark Tower alongside Goldsman.

Casting is still underway for the epically-scaled adaptation with Javier Bardem still said to be “locked in psychologically” for the part of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.

The Dark Tower has a tentative release date of May 17, 2013.