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'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce Hired for 'Mission: Impossible 5'

Drew Pearce to write Mission Impossible 5

Drew Pearce has been on quite a roll over the last few years. The screenwriter has lent his talents to a number of high-profile upcoming projects, including Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Sherlock Holmes 3, and, most recently, the blockbuster smash Iron Man 3, which he co-wrote with director Shane Black.

Now, Pearce has agreed to take on another massive franchise: Mission: Impossible. According to a new report, Pearce has been hired to write Mission Impossible 5, the sequel to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Ghost Protocol was the most successful film in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and Tom Cruise's most successful film ever, so it will be a tall order for Pearce and company to come up with something that builds on that success. Since it's Mission: Impossible, though, you can expect plenty of globe-trotting spy action.

Mission Impossible 5 starring Tome Cruise

With Pearce on board now, and Tom Cruise officially signed on for the film, it's likely that a director's announcement is coming soon. Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Tom Cruise in last year's Jack Reacher, has been a lead contender to direct the film for some time, but he may be busy with other projects, including the submarine thriller Ice Station Zebra.

Screen Rant's Ben Kendrick gave Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol a four star review, calling the movie "an in-your-face action adventure with a number of enjoyable performances and exciting set pieces." Hopefully, Pearce can bring some of the same impressive action sensibilities he showed in Iron Man 3 to earn a similar review for MI5.

What do you think of Drew Pearce scripting Mission: Impossible 5? Is it a good choice, or were you one of the people who didn't like Pearce and Shane Black's take on Iron Man 3 (like Screen Rant Editor-in-Chief Kofi Outlaw in last week's podcast)? Let us know in the comments.

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Mission: Impossible 5 is expected to hit theaters in 2015.

Source: THR

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