Thanks to his work writing and producing the British superhero comedy No Heroics, Drew Pearce was hired by Marvel Studios to pen the screenplay for Runaways, a project that was shelved in favor of focusing on The Avengers as the sole release of the studio in 2012. Knowing Pearce's passion and desire to work on a similar project, Marvel Pres Kevin Fiege tapped him to help Shane Black with the script of Iron Man 3.
Pearce's work hasn't gone unnoticed and as an example of Marvel's ability to hire unexpected, unusual or unknown talent, the writer has since gone on to land jobs writing for the Mission: Impossible 5 and Sherlock Holmes 3. But that doesn't mean he's done with Marvel.
Drew Pearce has gone on record several times saying he'd do anything to see Marvel Studios greenlight production on Runaways, a film based on the Brian K. Vaughan series that Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon also spent time on. It's the story of a group of teenagers who learn of their parents' super-villainy and decide to run away, team-up and use their own powers for good.Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) was attached to direct and the production was given a start date before the studio backed off, seemingly cancelling it for good.
Speaking with SciFiNow, Pearce discusses his optimistic thoughts about the rest of Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of which he helped kickstart with the record-breaking success of Iron Man 3.
"This next phase has such a good bunch of directors, from the Russos, who by all accounts have knocked it out the park with Captain America 2 - I've seldom heard buzz from the editing room as good as that movie. Avengers 2 will be Joss Whedon's baby, and reaction to James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has been brilliant. Even after the tough journey of two and half years making Iron Man 3 as good as it can be, I don't just have respect for Marvel as unit; I'm honored for my time there, and I'm constantly talking to them about what we do next."
Marvel Studios has a penchant for maintaining their core "family" and writing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, for example, has now worked together on Captain America 1 & 2 along with Thor: The Dark World, and will likely help out with another - potentially entirely new - project in the future.
What project could Pearce do next and is there any potential for Runaways to come back as a film or TV series, or has Marvel moved on to bigger properties that tie-in with their future plans (like Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange). There are still three unannounced Marvel Studios films with confirmed release dates and we know they've planned as far as as 2021.
Pearce also shared his thoughts on the incoming shared universes of rival studios Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox, explaining that WB and DC Entertainment are doing their own thing, "following the Dark Knight model and using to branch out, character by character. It's a smart move that they're not trying to do Justice League and they're going to bring Batman and Superman together their next movie instead."
As for that other Marvel Cinematic Universe in the works at Fox, he has faith that Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past will correct the continuity issues of the series so far and open the gates for the Fantastic Four reboot being set in that same world where mutants exist.
What movie would you like to see Drew Pearce work on for Marvel?
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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Source: SciFiNow (via CBM)