"Battlestar Galactica" writer and co-executive producer Mark Verheiden will co-write and executive produce "The Dark Tower" television series with Akiva Goldsman, according to Deadline.
An adaptation of Stephen King's epic novels, "The Dark Tower" will span three movies and a NBC television series. Ron Howard ("Da Vinci Code") will direct the first feature film and the television component.
Verheiden and Goldsman's television chapter will follow the initial feature film and serve as a bridge to the second feature. After that sequel, the television component picks up again as a prequel. The final film concludes the entire tale.
"The Dark Tower" includes seven books and fuses elements of fantasy and horror with the western genre. The books follow Deschain (Javier Bardem) -- the last of a knightly order of gunslingers -- as he takes on a quest to save the world and secure the key to the nexus of all universes.
Goldsman ("I Am Legend," "Fringe") said the project will reflect “an alternate Americana, one part post-apocalyptic, one part Sergio Leone.”
Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment are producing the project along with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, King and Goldsman.
In addition to tackling "The Dark Tower," Verheiden is also working on the feature films "Quatermain" and "Ark," and he is serving as a co-executive producer of TNT's "Falling Skies."
His previous credits also include "Heroes," where he served as a supervising producer, and scripting chores on numerous comic books including "Aliens," "Predator" and "Superman/Batman."
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