Battlestar Galactica writer Mark Verheiden has signed on as a writer and executive producer for The Dark Tower TV series, which will air on NBC after The Dark Tower movie is released in theaters.

Mark Verheiden will co-write and executive produce the series along with Akiva Goldsman, who is also writing the movie trilogy. Ron Howard will also direct the TV and movie versions of The Dark Tower.

We first reported about this ambitious multi-platform strategy back in September. The plan is for The Dark Tower to hit theaters on May 17, 2013, with the first season of The Dark Tower to follow, presumably in the Fall of 2013. The TV show will serve as a bridge between The Dark Tower and its two big screen sequels. The TV series will also feature the main cast from the movie.

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No cast members have been announced for The Dark Tower yet, although we /the-dark-tower-close-to-signing-javier-bardem/reported last week that Javier Bardem is nearly locked in to play the lead role of Roland Deschain.

Aside from Battlestar Galactica, Mark Verheiden has also written for Heroes, Smallville, and he's an executive producer on TNT's alien invasion series Falling Skies, which debuts on June 19.