Drew Pearce is a British screenwriter and producer. He is known for creating the cult hit British TV comedy No Heroics, co-writing Iron Man 3, and writing the story for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
In 2017, Pearce made his feature directorial debut with Hotel Artemis, a futuristic thriller set in a secret, members-only hospital for criminals.
While studying at Exeter University, Pearce’s first job was working at The Face magazine, for editor Richard Benson.
Between 2000 and 2004, Pearce was the lead singer and guitarist in the London alt-country band Woodchuck, among various other music projects.
In 2007, Pearce created No Heroics, a sitcom about unsuccessful 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 ITV2's first original sitcom. It was well reviewed by the broadsheet and mainstream press, and world achieve a cult following. The Times showed their support of the show by saying "ITV2's new comedy No Heroics is fast, funny and a little ingenious. Drew Pearce, the creator/writer, established an engaging collection of pretenders to the throne.” It was nominated for Best New British TV Comedy of 2008 at the British Comedy Awards.
In 2009, ABC commissioned Pearce to create a pilot of No Heroics for the US. Pearce was joined by Will & Grace writer Jeff Greenstein. In March it was announced that Freddie Prinze Jr. had been cast as Infinitum, the A-list superhero, and Paul Campbell, Eliza Coupe, Tom Riley and Arielle Kebbel are playing the B-listers. Josh Gad was also cast as Horse Force, the groups former classmate from Superhero College. The network subsequently declined to pick the pilot up to full series.
In 2010, Pearce’s work moved to Hollywood when Marvel hired him to adapt Runaways for the big screen, based on the comic book of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. Pearce was tasked with writing a new script. Development on the film was put on hold the following October,and Pearce explained in September 2013 that the Runaways film had been helved due to the success of The Avengers.Years later, Runaways would eventually be released as a web television series created for Hulu by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
Pearce continued his relationship with the Marvel family when it announced in March 2011, that he would co-write Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black. Black described their take on the film as not being "two men in iron suits fighting each other," and more like a "Tom Clancy thriller," with Iron Man fighting real-world type villains. Pearce added that they would avert magic and space, with Iron Man 3 being "a techno-thriller set in a more real world than even The Avengers." The film's plot is influenced primarily from "Extremis," the 2005–2006 Iron Man comics storyline written by Warren Ellis.