In what is sure to be a disappointment to many fans, it turns out that while Marvel Studios hired Die Hard creator Shane Black to direct Iron Man 3, they will be turning to someone else to pen the screenplay for the film. Instead, Marvel has tapped Drew Pearce to script the threequel.
Deadline is reporting that Marvel picked Pearce for the job on the strength of his draft for their in development adaptation of the comic book The Runaways. Pearce also has superhero experience through his BBC comedy series No Heroics, about a bar where the superpowered can hang out and have a few drinks under the proviso that they don’t use their powers on the premises.
Black won the director’s chair following the departure of Iron Man I & II director Jon Favreau based on his relationship with star Robert Downey Jr.
According to the report, Pearce will be working closely with Black on the screenplay, but that is too be expected. So I guess we shouldn’t be too disappointed that Black won’t be writing the script himself. I’m willing to bet that Black’s strong sense of action will still permeate the screenplay.