Drew Pearce

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Drew Pearce
Born (1975-08-24) 24 August 1975 (age 41)
Occupation Writer, producer, director

Drew Pearce (born 24 August 1975) is a British film writer, director and producer. He is best known for co-writing Iron Man 3, and writing the story to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Life and career[edit]

Drew is best known as creator of No Heroics, the cult hit[1] British TV comedy about off-duty superheroes for ITV2, and for writing the Marvel film Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey, Jr.[2] He also wrote and directed the acclaimed[3] Marvel One-Shot All Hail The King[4] starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Scoot McNairy.

Early career[edit]

Between 2000 and 2004, Pearce was the lead singer and guitarist in the London alt-country band Woodchuck, among various other music projects.[5]

He also produced a number of British television shows before transitioning into writing and directing. His previous work as a writer, producer or director includes The Musical Storytellers Ginger and Black[6] for E4 and High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman for BBC Three.

No Heroics[edit]

In 2007, Pearce created No Heroics, a sitcom about unsuccessful British superheroes, following their R-rated off-duty exploits and their lives in hero-only pub The Fortress. The full series was shot in 2008, and released in October of that year. The show was nominated for a British Comedy Award, which led Pearce to shoot a U.S. pilot in the spring of 2009, for the ABC Network. The network declined to pick the pilot up to full series.[7]

Film career[edit]

In 2010, Pearce transitioned into Hollywood [clarification needed] when Marvel hired him to adapt Runaways for the big screen[8] based on the comic book by Brian K.Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The film remains in development.

Staying in the Marvel family, it was then announced on 31 March 2011,[9] that he would co-write Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black. The Hollywood Reporter released in July 2011 that Pearce would also pen Paramount's adaption of the DC Comics title The Mighty.[10]

After finishing Iron Man 3, Pearce completed an uncredited rewrite on Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi action thriller Pacific Rim,[11] before being commissioned to write the script for a third film in the Sherlock Holmes film series starring Robert Downey, Jr. in October 2011.[12]

Pearce has also sold, penned and will be the executive producer for the original screenplay Secretary's Day, with Will Gluck attached to direct, for Sony Pictures.[13] In November 2012, it was announced that he would co-write and co-produce with Jason Segel an untitled comedy based on the 2011 documentary The Other F Word for 20th Century Fox.[14] In 2012, he was nominated as "One To Watch" by industry blog Indiewire.[15]

In October 2012, Pearce was tapped to polish the script for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot.[16]

Pearce received story by credit for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.[17][18]

In June 2014, it was announced that Pearce had sold the original screenplay The Long Run to 20th Century Fox as his film directing debut.[19] The film will be produced by The Chernin Group. Fox and Chernin were keeping the line log under wraps at the time of sale, other than to acknowledge it is an original action crime film. Pearce is set to write the screenplay for Sony Pictures' reboot of Ghostbusters,[20] which is produced by Sony's new founded company, Ghost Corps.[21]

Other works[edit]

In March 2012, Pearce directed the music video for the song "Rearrange"[22] by Miles Kane. By December 2015, it had received over 3 million YouTube views.[23]


Year Film Credit Notes
2013 Iron Man 3 Screenplay
2014 Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King Screenplay Short film
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Story


  1. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (2008-09-29). "Beyond The Fringe". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  2. ^ http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/cinemas/shane-black-and-drew-pearce-interview-feature-interview-4706.html
  3. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/25/marvel-one-shot-all-hail-the-king-review
  4. ^ Marvel One-Shots#All Hail the King .282014.29
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/mrdrewpearce/status/273558069282234368
  6. ^ The Musical Storytellers Ginger And Black YouTube
  7. ^ http://whatculture.com/film/iron-man-3-screenwriter-drew-pearce-on-totally-reinventing-the-mandarin.php
  8. ^ SuperHeroHype (27 May 2010). "Drew Pearce to Write the Runaways Script". 
  9. ^ MIKE FLEMING JR (31 March 2011). "Marvel Taps Its 'Runaways' Scribe Drew Pearce To Write 'Iron Man 3′ Script". 
  10. ^ No Heroics Creator Tackling "The Mighty" The Hollywood Reporter
  11. ^ http://screenrant.com/pacific-rim-update-guillermo-del-toro-sandy-154681/
  12. ^ Warner Bros. Hires Scribe for Sherlock Holmes Threequel
  13. ^ Will Gluck to Direct Secretaries Day
  14. ^ Jason Segel, Drew Pearce Sell Punk Rock Father Comedy to Fox
  15. ^ On The Rise 2012: 5 Screenwriters To Keep An Eye On In The Next Few Years Indiewire
  16. ^ Pearce to Pen 'Godzilla' re-write Variety
  17. ^ 'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce to Pen Next 'Mission: Impossible' (Exclusive)
  18. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381249/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_wr#writers
  19. ^ MIKE FLEMING JR (31 March 2011). http://deadline.com/2014/07/iron-man-3-screenwriter-drew-pearce-script-direct-chernin-fox-805747/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Channing Tatum Headlining Guy-Themed Ghostbusters Sequel?
  21. ^ Sony Planning Guy-Centric 'Ghostbusters' Too
  22. ^ http://vimeo.com/22230860
  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SV422fSYE4

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