With the news that Javier Bardem is essentially locked down for the main character of The Dark Tower, the three-film, two-TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s mammoth seven volume tale of gunslingers, alternate realities, an entire universe within a rose in New York, and a gigantic tower that acts as a lynchpin holding all of reality together, maybe it’s time director Ron Howard got some people together to write the thing.  And, as /Film reports, he finally has.

In addition to Akiva Goldsmith, it was announced today that Mark Verheiden will co-write the script and executive produce The Dark Tower.  Verheiden is no stranger to science fiction and fantasy, having written episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, and Heroes.  It’s a shot of much needed cred, as many hardcore fans have expressed concerned that a Howard/ Goldsmith coupling may not give the project the weight and gravitas that the fans think it deserves.

But hey, when you’ve got a project that’s about a big tower growing in the center of the universe which happens to reside inside a rose growing in an abandoned lot in New York City and the only guy who can protect is a cowboy who just so happens to be a distant relative of King Arthur and is portrayed by Javier Bardem, you can’t really take the series too seriously, can you?

What do you think of the addition to The Dark Tower team?