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'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce, 'Somersault' Helmer Cate Shortland & More Line Up New Directing Gigs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 6:23 PM
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Making the leap from writing movies to directing them is a big step, but with scripts for "Iron Man 3" and "Mission: Impossible 5" under his belt, Drew Pearce is now ready to call the shots on set. Chernin Entertainment and Fox have snagged "The Long Run," a spec script by Pearce which is lining up direct as well.

Writer Drew Pearce Says 'Runaways' Movie Still Possible In A Post-'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Marvel Universe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2014 5:10 PM
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Exclusive: Earlier today we got a chance to chat with Drew Pearce, the British screenwriter who co-scripted last summer's "Iron Man 3," and who has written and directed a short follow-up of sorts, a Marvel One-Shot entitled "All Hail the King." We'll have more from that interview in anticipation of the short film's debut on the "Thor: The Dark World" Blu-ray at the end of the month, but while we were talking to Pearce, we had to ask him about the status of the project that brought him into the Marvel fold—an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona's "Runaways." Surprisingly, it might not be as dead as we'd imagined.

Mandarin Is Back In First Images From Marvel One-Shot 'All Hail The King' Starring Ben Kingsley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 10:40 AM
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As every comic fan on the planet pretty much guessed, the next Marvel One Shot short film, which will be arriving on the "Thor: The Dark World" Blu-ray, is "All Hail The King" and it will mark the return of the divisive Mandarin to the Marvel-verse. Played with glee by Ben Kingsley, some fans were upset when (spoilers) it turned out the super villain was actually Trevor Slattery, a rumpled aspiring actor doing nothing more than filling a role that was part of a master plan by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) (spoilers over). Mandarin wasn't a fearsome villain, just some guy with delusional dreams, roped into something criminal. And we'll be learning a lot more about him.

'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce To Pen 'Mission: Impossible 5,' Filming To Kick Off In The Fall

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 8:59 AM
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Want to know the secret to becoming Hollywood's hottest screenwriter? It turns out all you have to do is write a British superhero sitcom that no one watches. At least that's how U.K. scribe Drew Pearce broke through; he was behind the excellent but little-seen ITV2 show "No Heroics" a few years back, and now he's seemingly writing every blockbuster in theaters.

First Draft Of 'Iron Man 3' Script Had A Sex Tape Subplot With Aldrich Killian & Pepper Potts

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 7, 2013 10:16 AM
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“Iron Man 3” continues to conquer the peaks of box office mountain and if you haven’t seen it yet, well, you probably should (and then see if you agree with our choices for best and worst elements of the movie). If you have managed to catch it, then feel free to check out the latest and amusing podcast hosted by Empire Magazine. It features “Iron Man 3” director Shane Black and co-writer Drew Pearce as they discuss the ins and outs of the movie and the conversation features a few interesting gems that might prick up your ears.

Review: 'Iron Man 3' Is A Solid, Sometimes Surprising Start To Marvel's Phase Two Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 23, 2013 10:38 PM
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After just about as successful a start as you could ask for (three new franchises, and one mega-franchise that kicked off with the third biggest movie of all time), the Marvel movie machine is moving into its next phase. And with it comes the risk of dilution; we're getting at least two movies a year (plus TV series "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D"), and with countless other superheroes also in the marketplace, there's a chance that diminishing returns could set in; what was once a special chance to see much-loved characters on the big screen might simply become a bi-annual check in to see much of what we've seen before.

Jason Segel To Star In Punk Rock Parenting Pic 'The Other F Word'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 2:55 PM
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Jason Segel and music, are like peanut butter and chocolate. The actor rarely heads into a project that doesn't have him contributing at least a bit of musical flavor, whether it's slappin' de bass with Paul Rudd while listening to Rush in "I Love You Man," creating a vampire puppet theater show in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," trying to live his dream as the drummer of Dimension in "Freaks And Geeks" or just going all-out with the Muppets in "The Muppets." But now, he's going to put a safety pin through his ear and spike that hair up.

'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce To Do Minor Rewrite On Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 5:21 PM
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"Godzilla" is happening, and likely realizing just how important (and potentially lucrative) this franchise is, Legendary and Warner Bros. are making sure everything is done to ensure the best movie possible. While Comic-Con attendees got a memorable teaser this summer, the unveiling was also likely a testing ground of sorts, and you can bet that if response was muted, the studio wouldn't have booked a 2014 release. The wheels are firmly in motion for "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards' first stab at the blockbuster pie, but before casting begins, the script will get one last, tiny polish.

On The Rise 2012: 5 Screenwriters To Keep An Eye On In The Next Few Years

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2012 11:59 AM
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Unlike in theater or television, writers generally get the short end of the stick in the movie business. When a film doesn't work, the script is blamed, when it does work, the director gets credit. Writers get fired, rehired, fired again, rewritten and screwed out of credit. But that's not to say that once they get the momentum behind them, a screenwriter can't become just as talked about as actors, actresses and directors around Hollywood watering holes and meeting rooms.

'Easy A' Helmer Will Gluck To Direct Action-Comedy 'Secretaries Day' From 'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 15, 2011 9:41 AM
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Sony loves Will Gluck. In the course of three movies (“Fired Up!,” “Easy A,” and “Friends With Benefits”) he transformed the company’s Screen Gems shingle from a cheap huckster of common genre flicks (the “Underworld” movies, “Takers,” “Priest,” “Burlesque”) into the premiere haven for somewhat-intelligent inexpensive mainstream comedy features (and, yes, also, common genre flicks).

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