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As Marvel's 'Iron Man 3' continues to soar at the box office, another film franchise has come poaching 'IM3's talent. It appears that Paramount has hired screenwriter Drew Pearce to pen the upcoming fifth installment of the 'Mission: Impossible' series. Pearce co-wrote 'Iron Man 3' along with director Shane Black. 'Mission: Impossible 5' will once again star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the leader of an elite team of covert operatives who take on assignments that seem, well, impossible. The film is still technically without a director, though Christopher McQuarrie ('Jack Reacher') has been in serious talks for a while now. Pearce is also writing the screenplay for the next 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel, and helped put together the script for Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim,' which is due in theaters on July 12th.
I think this is good news...I think. One of the things that really set 'Iron Man 3' apart from the other superhero sequels we've all seen, and what therefore made it work so well for me, was its bold script. The screenwriters were able breathe new life into a franchise by deviating in very specific places from what has become a standard formula. The 'Mission: Impossible' series has similarly found exciting new strides in 'Ghost Protocol' so I am interested to see how Pearce can continue that trend. That being said, as I think about it, most of the creative flourishes of 'Iron Man 3's script that wowed me the most were distinctly Shane Black touches. The humor in particular seemed like textbook Black. I guess what I'm saying is that I don't know if I'm assigning more credit to Pearce than is warranted and thus its hard to gauge my actual enthusiasm. Still, it's not as if he had no impact on the screenplay whatsoever so I'm still generally optimistic on this hiring.
What do you guys think? Do you think Paramount made the right choice here? What new story angles would you like to see explored in 'M:I 5?'