Billion Brick Race

Warner Bros. is Lego crazy. The studio did so well with The Lego Movie that a sequel has been set, and that film’s version of Batman is being spun off into his own movie. Plus there’s the Lego Ninjago movie already set for release in 2016. Now Warners is developing yet another Lego spin-off movie, called Billion Brick Race.

We don’t know the plot of the film, but it sounds like a Lego version of The Cannonball Run, or of The Amazing Race. But we do know that Jason Segel and Drew Pearce will write and co-direct it.  Read More »

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Ghostbusters shared universe

Today’s announcement of a second new Ghostbusters film, scripted by Drew Pearce, possibly directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and with Channing Tatum anchoring a supposedly “guy-centric” cast, threw a lot of people for a loop. Sony doesn’t even have Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters film out yet, so wouldn’t this overshadow that upcoming movie?

But as it turns out, some details were exaggerated in that first report — reportedly, people at Sony say they don’t know where the “guy-centric” description came from — and other background stuff didn’t make it online at all. A new report says the second film would be part of a shared universe with Feig’s movie, with a third team-up film and a possible prequel all designed as part of the package.  Read More »

Drew Pearce long run

Drew Pearce had a pretty amazing 2013. He co-wrote the biggest film of the year, Iron Man 3, directed the Marvel One Shot All Hail The King, and signed on to write Mission: Impossible 5. That’s a pretty great set of resume items. Pearce’s reward? He’s getting to direct his own spec script. It’s called The Long Run and while the plot is being kept under wraps, it’s described as an “original crime action comedy.”  Read More »

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On first watch, this latest clip from Drew Pearce‘s Marvel One Shot: All Hail The King, is just a funny gimmick. It shows how Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) is completely adored in prison. But the real stuff is all in the details. First of all, this is Seagate Prison, which is the prison in which Luke Cage is confined, and from which he eventually breaks out. Second of all, another prisoner has a mysterious tattoo that ties into another Iron Man storyline. Does this one minute clip of the short, which will be out in its entirety next Tuesday on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray, set up something huge? Check it out below. Read More »

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Want to see a trailer for a documentary about Marvel? Does Anthony Mackie want to be in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Has the official list of Phase 3 films been released? What happens when Stan Lee visits the Marvel offices? Where can you read official tidbits and character info on Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Did Drew Pearce explain the link between Iron Man 3 and All Hail the King? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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This first clip for the next Marvel one-shot, All Hail the King, positions the tone of the short as a midpoint between the comedic underpinnings of Iron Man 3 and the political thriller aspirations of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Makes sense, as Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce wrote and directed the short.)

In this footage a writer, played by Scoot McNairy, gives us an overview of the situation that is about to transpire: he’s interviewing the Mandarin from prison, and trying to make some sense out of who the man is. The title card and general feel have the characteristics of a late ’60s to mid ’70s thriller, but there’s that wink of comedy underneath.

It’s a great clip; see more below. Read More »

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Love him or hate him, Ben Kingsley‘s Mandarin was certainly one of the most surprising villains we’ve had in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Now, the latest Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King,” revisits the character to find out exactly what happened to him after the events of Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce wrote and directed the new film, which features the return of Kingsley along with new characters played by Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Crystal the monkey (of Hangover fame). The first images and details have just been revealed, and you can dig in after the jump. Be warned that major spoilers for Iron Man 3 follow.

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What did Bryan Cranston have to say about those Batman vs. Superman rumors? Which superhero does Tom Hiddleston think Loki needs to confront in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Want to see the best look yet at Malekith the Accursed from Thor: The Dark World? When might we see the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Tom Cruise Mission Impossible

Briefly: We don’t know what Mission: Impossible 5 will be about, but we know who will write: Drew Pearce, who scripted Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black, has been hired to write the film. Tom Cruise returns to star, and the sequel will reportedly shoot in the fall of this year, after Cruise finishes The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Will Pearce again work with a director who is also known as a screenwriter? Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in Jack Reacher, has been linked to the film. And while he hasn’t signed on, THR reports that he is “in discussions” to direct M:I 5, even as he has already been set to direct a remake of Ice Station Zebra.

Pearce also did some work on the Pacific Rim script, and is writing another film that he’ll direct as well; details on that are thin right now.