'The Dark Tower' TV Series Finds a Showrunner

Wednesday, 13 April 2011 09:10 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'The Dark Tower' TV Series Finds a Showrunner

The Dark Tower, the adaptation of Stephen King's seven-novel series that Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman are cooking up, is nothing if not ambitious.  It will encompass an epic trilogy of films and two one-season television series.  Javier Bardem is in talks to play the Gunslinger Roland Deschain in all three films and the first television series.  Deadline reports that Howard and Goldsman have just hired Battlestar Galactica and Heroes veteran Mark Verheiden to act as executive producer and co-writer on for the television component of their postapocalyptic, Western-inflected fantasy.

Verheiden is a comic book, television, film writer who has scripted episodes of Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, and Heroes.  He was also a consulting producer, supervising producer, or co-executive producer on all those series, as well as Falling Skies, the upcoming TNT alien invasion show from the likes of Steven Spielberg

The first season of The Dark Tower will be directed by Ron Howard and written by Verheiden and Akiva Goldsman.  The idea is that the season will act as a narrative bridge between the first and second films, with the primary cast appearing in both.  The second season, meanwhile, will be a prequel and the only iteration of The Dark Tower in either medium without Javier Bardem as the Gunslinger. 

I'm still sort of shocked that Universal is committing to a plan that involves not just a hugely expensive and risky trilogy of films, but also an NBC series that will presumably be no cheap affair.  But I suppose Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, and Stephen King are all proven elements.


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