'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce Will Accept 'Mission: Impossible 5'
After co-writing what has been the biggest movie of the year so far with Marvel's Iron Man 3, screenwriter Drew Pearce is staying in the business of blockbuster sequels at Paramount Pictures. THR has word that Pearce has been hired to script Mission: Impossible 5, which just confirmed Tom Cruise to return in the lead role as agent Ethan Hunt, reteaming with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie for the next sequel. J.J. Abrams is producing once again through his Bad Robot banner along with David Ellison's Skydance Productions, who co-financed and executive produced the 2011 sequel Ghost Protocol.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but if there's one writer who can keep this series fresh after the last two impressive sequels, it's Pearce. His work on Iron Man 3 was clearly a home run, and there's not much to complain about with Marvel's sequel. It stayed true to the character of Tony Stark, continued to progress with a story arc that began in The Avengers, but didn't use the superhero ensemble as a crutch and cleverly used the comic book mythology for some interesting twists and turns. So let's hope he can do the same thing with the Impossible Mission Force this time around. The plan is for Mission: Impossible 5 to shoot this fall after Cruise finished shooting The Man from U.N.C.L.E. at Warner Bros.