Over three years ago, No Heroics creator Drew Pearce came on board to adapt Brian K. Vaughan’s excellent comic series, Runaways. The story centered on a group of kids who discover their parents are supervillains, and make a break for it only to discover they have powers and resources of their own (including a dinosaur). It’s the kind of strong material that could make a relatively easy move to film or television, and it looked like Marvel was aiming for the former. Production began to ramp up in 2011, but then the project started moving into stasis, and it’s remained stuck in development hell. Earlier this year, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said the issue with Runaways was about the project being stuck between a swing-for-the-fences hit and a lower budget sleeper.
In a recent interview Pearce, who went on to co-write Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black, talked about Runaways, and explains that the problem went far beyond simply trying to slot the movie into a proper category. Hit the jump for more.
Drew Pearce’s latest screenwriting effort, Iron Man 3, was a little box office darling you may have heard of. Though Pearce co-wrote the Marvel movie with director Shane Black, it looks like Pearce alone will get the first crack at Paramount’s new Mission: Impossible film. It was recently reported that franchise star Tom Cruise is officially attached to produce and star in Mission: Impossible 5. Production on the film is is expected to start in the fall after Cruise wraps filming on Warner Bros.’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Plot details are being kept quiet, per THR, and the search for a director is currently underway. Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is reportedly in talks, but recently signed on to write and direct a remake of Ice Station Zebra.
While Marvel and Disney have been trying to keep the buzz on Iron Man 3 on a low hum, that’s all about to change. With the film’s release date fast approaching (May 3), the studios have started unveiling the merchandise and they also recently held a long lead press day where they showed selected members of the press about 15 minutes of the movie. In addition, right after watching the awesome-looking footage, we got to interview Robert Downey Jr. as well as Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and Kevin Feige (President of Production at Marvel Studios).
During the interview with Black and Feige, the two talked about creating the film’s iteration of The Mandarin, how the film’s plot came together, the connective tissue between The Avengers and Iron Man 3, how Downey, Black and Drew Pearce worked together on the dialogue on set, the way Iron Patriot plays a role in the sequel, the stunt-heavy filming of the Air Force One attack sequence, and so much more. If you’re looking forward to Iron Man 3, I promise you’ll love this interview. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.
Jason Segel and Drew Pearce have sold a high profile pitch to Fox. The duo will write and executive produce a narrative feature film adaptation of the documentary The Other F Word. The doc, which features interviews with rock artists like Flea, Mark Hoppus, and Tim McIlrath, focuses on aging rock stars trying to balance their punk rock views with the responsibilities of fatherhood. Segel and Pearce—the scribe behind Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 3, and the upcoming Godzilla reboot—will write the script with Segel set to star in the film.
Segel is no stranger to screenwriting as he previously penned the fantastic Forgetting Sarah Marshall and co-wrote The Muppets and The Five-Year Engagement. The actor seems a tad young to take on a father role here, but I’m inclined to believe that he and Pearce have come up with an interesting take on the premise and will be able to craft a script filled with humor and heart. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the documentary.
One of the great surprises at Comic-Con this summer was an unannounced look at director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla. Legendary unveiled a teaser reel of footage that Edwards put together to pitch his vision for the film, and the result was a chilling, grounded, destruction-filled world in which the monstrous beast had wreaked havoc on everything in sight. The overwhelmingly positive response put the project on the fast track, and just a few weeks ago a May 2014 release date was announced.
Though the project has three credited screenwriters—David Callaham (The Expendables films), David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son)—word now comes that Legendary has brought in Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce for yet another rewrite. Hit the jump for more.
Sony Pictures has acquired a spec script for an action-comedy called Secretaries Day, and Will Gluck is set to direct and produce. Deadline reports that Sony acquired the spec from Drew Pearce, a scribe who’s becoming more prolific by the day. The writer has been busy working on Iron Man 3 for director Shane Black and was recently tapped to pen Sherlock Holmes 3—which is all but guaranteed to go into production if tracking for A Game of Shadows holds up. The report has no plot details regarding Secretaries Day other than to say it’s an action-comedy, though I’m assuming it involves secretaries in some action-y way (fingers crosses for ninja secretaries). I was a huge fan of Gluck’s past two movies (Friends with Benefits and Easy A) so I’m interested to see what he does with the action-comedy genre.
Aside from Iron Man 3 and Sherlock Holmes 3, Pearce also did some work on Guillermo del Toro’s directorial project Pacific Rim (which is now finally filming), and wrote an adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways and DC’s The Mighty. The scribe first came to prominence with his ITV2 superhero sitcom No Heroics.
It’s not much of a surprise that regardless of the success of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros. is ordering a script for Sherlock Holmes 3. Getting a sequel script into development has become standard practice for major franchises so if the upcoming film is a success, the studio can hit the ground running with the next one. According to Deadline, Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce will handle the screenplay for the next adventure of Sherlock Holmes and his boy Watson. Unsurprisingly, there are no details about Sherlock Holmes 3. I assume it will involve a mystery, crazy deductive-reasoning skills, and lots of speed-ramping.
Pearce has been on a hot streak lately. He was the co-writer of British superhero comedy series No Heroics and then was hired as a go-to guy for superhero movies including Iron Man 3, Runaways, and The Mighty plus he also did some work for the script for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monster movie, Pacific Rim. This latest gig serves as a reminder that I really need to get around to seeing No Heroics.
Paramount acquired the feature rights to the DC comic The Mighty earlier this summer. Variety reports the studio has hired Drew Pearce to adapt the screenplay. The comic, written by Peter J. Tomasi and Keith Champagne, centers on America’s first and only superhero, Alpha One: “a cop whose life was saved by Alpha One as a child has uncovered his hero’s dark plan that will put them on a collision course of an ordinary man versus a super-man.” BenderSpink partners Chris Bender and JC Spink (Arthur) will produce with Jake Weiner (Leap Year).
Pearce is also working on two Marvel properties at the moment in Iron Man 3 and Runaways. This all can be traced back to No Heroics, the superhero sitcom he created for ITV2. Read the synopsis for The Mighty issue #1 after the break.
Ever since Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) signed on to direct Iron Man 3 last February, there’s been some confusion on whether or not he would write the script. It seemed like a no-brainer that Black, who broke into Hollywood with his screenplays for films such as Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout, would also get to handle the script for IM3. But then we learned that Marvel had hired Drew Pearce (the British TV series No Heroics, the upcoming Marvel movie Runaways) to handle the screenplay, but would also “work closely with Black”. Now CinemaBlend is reporting that Black is co-writing the script with Pearce. CinemaBlend also reports that Pearce was brought in to keep the script family-friendly since Black is known for his R-rated work. I find that slightly difficult to believe since I’m pretty sure Black is talented enough to write a PG-13 script.
The real question in all of this isn’t about how the credits will shake out, but Black’s level of involvement. If he’s heavily involved with the screenplay, that’s terrific, but I seriously doubt he would be shut out of the process. Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr., is set to open May 3, 2013.
On second thought, Shane Black isn’t writing Iron Man 3. Black, the writer/director behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is still on board to helm Marvel’s third installment, however, Deadline is reporting that scribe Drew Pearce has been brought on to pen the script. Pearce has experience working with Marvel material as he wrote the script for Runaways based on Brian K. Vaughan’s imprint favorite revolving around super-powered adolescents who attempt to take down their parents’ crime ring. Additionally, Pearce was the creator of the UK television series No Heroics.
Per the report, Pearce will “start from scratch and work closely with Black” on the Iron Man 3 screenplay. This is perhaps comforting news for those who were excited about the prospect of Black handling the writing duties as well as directing. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing what the Black/Pearce team can come up with to reignite my interest in the franchise. Iron Man 3 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.
Drew Pearce has been tapped to write the adaptation of the Marvel superhero series Runaways for director Pete Sollett (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist). Deadline reports that Pearce is a good choice because he created to UK comedy series No Heroics, which is about superheroes living daily lives (think Mystery Men but the characters actually have superpowers). After seeing the trailer for the show, I’d have to agree.
For those who don’t know, Runaways is about a group of teenagers who go on the lam when they discover their parents are supervillains. Created by the brilliant Brian K. Vaughn (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) with the second “season” written by Joss Whedon, the series is a must-read. It’s smart, funny, and pokes fun at the Marvel Universe from time to time (one of my favorite jokes is when they’re arguing about which superhero teams Wolverine is and isn’t on).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and a brief synopsis for No Heroics.