Drew Pearce Writing 'Iron Man 3' Screenplay Instead of Shane Black
After we got official word that Shane Black would sit in the director's chair for Iron Man 3, we also learned that he would be scripting the anticipated sequel as well. However, it sounds like Disney has decided to bring in someone else to work with Black on the script as Deadline reports the studio has hired Drew Pearce to write the flick. Apparently his script for Runaways, another Marvel adaptation based on the comic of the same name by Brian K. Vaughn, was good enough to land him the gig. He'll start the script from scratch, but before anyone gets bent out of shape, please note he will work closely with Black on the script.
If you need more convincing about Pearce's talents, you might be interested in checking out a show from across the pond. Pearce is responsible for writing a UK TV comedy series called "No Heroics" which follows a group of superheroes, the normal lives they lead outside of fighting crime, and the conversations they have at the The Fortress (the bar they hang out at). Back when the series was supposed to be remade for U.S. television, I checked it out, and Pearce has the right amount of dry wit and humor to make the Iron Man 3 script really pop. Combine that with his reportedly stellar work on Runaways, and it sounds like we'll have a good script. What do you think?