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Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce to script Mission: Impossible 5

May. 15, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Screenwriter Drew Pearce is basking in the sweet glow of success with IRON MAN 3, which he wrote with Shane Black, and is now stepping even further into the limelight with another franchise. Paramount has tapped Pearce to write the fifth installment of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, which has yet to secure a director (although Christopher McQuarrie is still thought to be circling the gig).

Pearce got his start on a British superhero show called No Heroics, which led to a adapting Marvel's unfilmed RUNAWAYS pic. That gig led to IRON MAN 3, which has seemingly launched the writer into the mainstay of Hollywood. Pearce has since done polishes on Guillermo Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM, GODZILLA, and a third SHERLOCK HOLMES film. Aside from that, he's also got several original projects in the works, such as the action-comedy SECRETARIES' DAY, the Jason Segal comedy THE OTHER F WORD and another superhero pic, called THE MIGHTY.

Naturally, Pearce is also working on an original project for his directorial debut. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 is slated to shoot this fall with a release date TBD.

Extra Tidbit: Amazing how a career catches fire, eh? All it takes is one big hit to put some wind in your sails...

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7:45PM on 05/15/2013
Not after Iron Man 3
Not after Iron Man 3
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7:44PM on 05/15/2013
Not excited after Iron Man 3 Ughhh
Not excited after Iron Man 3 Ughhh
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1:54PM on 05/15/2013
I love the M:I films and found 'Iron Man 3' to be amazing. This has got me very excited now!
I love the M:I films and found 'Iron Man 3' to be amazing. This has got me very excited now!
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1:37PM on 05/15/2013

I'm staying out of this....

In Cruise we trust!
In Cruise we trust!
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1:26PM on 05/15/2013

No

This isn't a good thing. I hope they nail down a good director though. I like the MI movies.
This isn't a good thing. I hope they nail down a good director though. I like the MI movies.
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12:51PM on 05/15/2013
Script was the weakest element of IM3.
Script was the weakest element of IM3.
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1:34PM on 05/15/2013
I agree. All of the actors sans Paltrow, are strong actors and can make great movies. That being said, they couldn't save this horrible movie.
I agree. All of the actors sans Paltrow, are strong actors and can make great movies. That being said, they couldn't save this horrible movie.
12:33PM on 05/15/2013

The Ballad of Beninoff...

Years ago, a young up and comer named David Beninoff co-wrote a movie called "Xmen Origins: Wolverine". Now, he didn't pitch the project, but he was brought on to pen the idea. After a first draft, which was brutal and bloody and faithful to the comics, it got notes from the studio and the director to "spruce it up". It became an abomination.

Years later, he walked into HBO, tired of hacks ruining his work, and pitched a show called "Game of Thrones", that he would have almost unmatched
Years ago, a young up and comer named David Beninoff co-wrote a movie called "Xmen Origins: Wolverine". Now, he didn't pitch the project, but he was brought on to pen the idea. After a first draft, which was brutal and bloody and faithful to the comics, it got notes from the studio and the director to "spruce it up". It became an abomination.

Years later, he walked into HBO, tired of hacks ruining his work, and pitched a show called "Game of Thrones", that he would have almost unmatched control over.

The moral? Don't judge a writer based on one studio based, co-written, franchise film.
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12:55PM on 05/15/2013
Great story.
Great story.
1:03PM on 05/15/2013
Amen to that. Must've sucked to be remembered as "the guy who co-wrote Wolverine".
Amen to that. Must've sucked to be remembered as "the guy who co-wrote Wolverine".
12:15PM on 05/15/2013
Fine by me. I thought Iron Man 3 was great so any talent from that film into something great like this is fine by me.
Fine by me. I thought Iron Man 3 was great so any talent from that film into something great like this is fine by me.
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12:09PM on 05/15/2013

Fire Breathing

Awesome... now we can see Ethan Hunt possibly battle some fire-breathing humans. Lame.
Awesome... now we can see Ethan Hunt possibly battle some fire-breathing humans. Lame.
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12:17PM on 05/15/2013
Why was that a problem in Iron Man 3? I loved that it wasn't another old man in an iron man knock-off suit. And Extremis was actually pretty faithful to the source material where the original test subject DID breath fire. I like that they looked at the other resources of the Iron Man comics other than the armored enemies.
Why was that a problem in Iron Man 3? I loved that it wasn't another old man in an iron man knock-off suit. And Extremis was actually pretty faithful to the source material where the original test subject DID breath fire. I like that they looked at the other resources of the Iron Man comics other than the armored enemies.
1:05PM on 05/15/2013
Guy Pierce breathed fire! Where else can you write or say that and have it make sense? Iron Man 3 should be praised for that single sentence alone.
Guy Pierce breathed fire! Where else can you write or say that and have it make sense? Iron Man 3 should be praised for that single sentence alone.
1:51PM on 05/15/2013
Iron Man 3 was awful because of that stuff. I still do not understand HOW Guy Pearce even died at the end. Everything was SUCH a battle, but then so easy for Pepper to off him in a single blow. Dumb.
Iron Man 3 was awful because of that stuff. I still do not understand HOW Guy Pearce even died at the end. Everything was SUCH a battle, but then so easy for Pepper to off him in a single blow. Dumb.
12:07PM on 05/15/2013

He CO-WROTE the script

You guys keep blaming him for the big Mandarin twist, which wasn't that bad in the first place in my opinion. However, Shane Black co-wrote the script, and he was also the director, so, other than Marvel, he had the final say on decisions like that. It is very possible that this was Black's idea, and that Pearce's draft barely existed after Shane's rewrites. The Mandarin twist is consistent with Shane Black's sense of humor.
You guys keep blaming him for the big Mandarin twist, which wasn't that bad in the first place in my opinion. However, Shane Black co-wrote the script, and he was also the director, so, other than Marvel, he had the final say on decisions like that. It is very possible that this was Black's idea, and that Pearce's draft barely existed after Shane's rewrites. The Mandarin twist is consistent with Shane Black's sense of humor.
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12:11PM on 05/15/2013
Absolutely agreed. It's a Shane Black thing or two, and as big of a test of whether or not you're willing to go along with his style as it is, it was a ballsy move.
Absolutely agreed. It's a Shane Black thing or two, and as big of a test of whether or not you're willing to go along with his style as it is, it was a ballsy move.
12:01PM on 05/15/2013
I think he might do a good job. Let's all remember that Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who wrote the pretty good Ghost Protocol, were also responsible for the TMNT reboot script, leaked sections of which were just excruciating to read. That, and I think Iron Man 3 was good.
I think he might do a good job. Let's all remember that Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who wrote the pretty good Ghost Protocol, were also responsible for the TMNT reboot script, leaked sections of which were just excruciating to read. That, and I think Iron Man 3 was good.
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12:10PM on 05/15/2013
I think Christopher McQuarrie did some uncredited rewrites on that script, and I wouldn't rule out some contributions from Brad Bird. Bird is a talented director and storyteller, so he would likely be involved in the writing as well.
I think Christopher McQuarrie did some uncredited rewrites on that script, and I wouldn't rule out some contributions from Brad Bird. Bird is a talented director and storyteller, so he would likely be involved in the writing as well.
11:50AM on 05/15/2013
Then I think it's safe to assume there's going to be a HUGE TWIST by the 2nd act.
Then I think it's safe to assume there's going to be a HUGE TWIST by the 2nd act.
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11:45AM on 05/15/2013
Will he be writing this script in crayon as well?
Will he be writing this script in crayon as well?
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11:34AM on 05/15/2013
The script was the biggest shortcoming of Iron Man 3 so not overly enthused with this.
The script was the biggest shortcoming of Iron Man 3 so not overly enthused with this.
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11:34AM on 05/15/2013
The script was the biggest shortcoming so not overly enthused with this.
The script was the biggest shortcoming so not overly enthused with this.
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11:29AM on 05/15/2013
Didn't like the Mandarin twist and climax in IM3.Wish they get Neill Blomkamp to co-write and Direct MI5
Didn't like the Mandarin twist and climax in IM3.Wish they get Neill Blomkamp to co-write and Direct MI5
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11:20AM on 05/15/2013
so halfway through MI-5 we're going to find out that Tom Cruise isn't Ethan Hunt, he's just a Canadian hockey fan named Terrence Flannery and Simon Pegg was Ethan Hunt the entire time?
so halfway through MI-5 we're going to find out that Tom Cruise isn't Ethan Hunt, he's just a Canadian hockey fan named Terrence Flannery and Simon Pegg was Ethan Hunt the entire time?
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11:01AM on 05/15/2013

bad news for mr hunt

Iron man 3 was horrible.
One of the most overrated piles of hot garbage ive ever saw.

I don't mind the MI flicks, but surely they can get a better writer.
Iron man 3 was horrible.
One of the most overrated piles of hot garbage ive ever saw.

I don't mind the MI flicks, but surely they can get a better writer.
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11:06AM on 05/15/2013
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

That's what the 1000th different article you've commented on how bad Iron Man 3 was?

Let it go man.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

That's what the 1000th different article you've commented on how bad Iron Man 3 was?

Let it go man.
11:09AM on 05/15/2013
Its related to this article,
Its not like i randomly comment on other stuff about how bad it was.

IM expressing my opinion on why this is a bad idea.
Its related to this article,
Its not like i randomly comment on other stuff about how bad it was.

IM expressing my opinion on why this is a bad idea.
11:34AM on 05/15/2013
you're fine to express your opinion, just like I'm fine to laugh at said opinion, and you're right because it is on topic w/the news

Although I do find it hilarious that you try to bash IM3 being one of the biggest pieces of crap ever any chance you get. Once again, let it go, and move on buddy.

BTW, pearce also wrote Pacific Rim. Gonna start bashing that as well?
you're fine to express your opinion, just like I'm fine to laugh at said opinion, and you're right because it is on topic w/the news

Although I do find it hilarious that you try to bash IM3 being one of the biggest pieces of crap ever any chance you get. Once again, let it go, and move on buddy.

BTW, pearce also wrote Pacific Rim. Gonna start bashing that as well?
12:13PM on 05/15/2013
Just let it go man and let us fans who enjoyed it, enjoy it.
Just let it go man and let us fans who enjoyed it, enjoy it.
12:19PM on 05/15/2013
Its not like in the only one who feels this way. More negative posts than positive.

And soloist your taste in movies is awful! So your opinion is void full stop.
Its not like in the only one who feels this way. More negative posts than positive.

And soloist your taste in movies is awful! So your opinion is void full stop.
12:54PM on 05/15/2013
hahahahaha

haters wanna hate.
hahahahaha

haters wanna hate.
12:56PM on 05/15/2013
You wouldn't tell a person who went on and on about how much they loved IM3 to give it a rest, so why would you say it to someone who voices their displeasure with the movie? To insinuate that somehow a.kavanagh@live.co.uk's loathing for the film takes away from others liking it is absolutely ridiculous.
You wouldn't tell a person who went on and on about how much they loved IM3 to give it a rest, so why would you say it to someone who voices their displeasure with the movie? To insinuate that somehow a.kavanagh@live.co.uk's loathing for the film takes away from others liking it is absolutely ridiculous.
1:11PM on 05/15/2013
To someone who keeps going on and on and on about the same subject on different things i would 100% tell them to give it a rest.. Why be stuck on the same thing for weeks?

And again, to state my point, I find it HILARIOUS that a.kav won't let his hatred of IM3 go.
To someone who keeps going on and on and on about the same subject on different things i would 100% tell them to give it a rest.. Why be stuck on the same thing for weeks?

And again, to state my point, I find it HILARIOUS that a.kav won't let his hatred of IM3 go.
1:14PM on 05/15/2013
As i stated i only express my dislike for iron man 3 when the subject comes up.
As i stated i only express my dislike for iron man 3 when the subject comes up.
1:27PM on 05/15/2013
If it's hilarious why would you ask him to stop? Just like he takes enjoyment bashing a movie he thinks sucks, you and others obviously enjoy making retaliating comments based on his difference in opinion. If it's hilarious then you're getting some pleasure out of it. In a way you're maybe doing some hating of your own because it feels good.
If it's hilarious why would you ask him to stop? Just like he takes enjoyment bashing a movie he thinks sucks, you and others obviously enjoy making retaliating comments based on his difference in opinion. If it's hilarious then you're getting some pleasure out of it. In a way you're maybe doing some hating of your own because it feels good.
1:47PM on 05/15/2013
not really doing hating, are you hating on a friend when he does the same thing? If it's online instead of real life, what's the difference?
not really doing hating, are you hating on a friend when he does the same thing? If it's online instead of real life, what's the difference?
5:54PM on 05/15/2013
Iron Man 3 was GREAT. Let it go. The stress you must be going through on a daily basis over Iron Man 3 is completely insane. I think you're really mad cause youuuu neverrrrr sawwwww the twist comiiiiiiiinggggg
Iron Man 3 was GREAT. Let it go. The stress you must be going through on a daily basis over Iron Man 3 is completely insane. I think you're really mad cause youuuu neverrrrr sawwwww the twist comiiiiiiiinggggg
7:30PM on 05/15/2013
Yes, Iron Man 3 was garbage...
Yes, Iron Man 3 was garbage...
3:03AM on 05/16/2013
The twist wasn't really the worst part.

The lack of action, the horrible script, the handling of the humor, the phoned in performances are all above the silly lazy twist of reasons why this sucked.

Kids with kids taste in movies liked it, that's what i noticed about it.
The twist wasn't really the worst part.

The lack of action, the horrible script, the handling of the humor, the phoned in performances are all above the silly lazy twist of reasons why this sucked.

Kids with kids taste in movies liked it, that's what i noticed about it.
8:19AM on 05/16/2013
Kids with kids taste in movies? [link]
Kids with kids taste in movies? [link]
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