Drew Pearce set to pen pic

Marvel Studios has tapped British TV writer-producer Drew Pearce to write “Iron Man 3,” already scheduled for a May 3, 2013 release through Disney.

The hiring of Pearce comes in the wake of Shane Black being attached to direct “Iron Man 3,” reuniting the “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” director with Robert Downey Jr., starring as billionaire Tony Stark and his armored superhero alter ego.

Jon Favreau had announced in December that he would not return to helm “Iron Man 3″ for Marvel and Disney, which had paid Paramount $115 million two months earlier for the distribution rights to “Iron Man 3″ and “The Avengers.”

The first “Iron Man” earned $585 million worldwide, while this summer’s follow-up generated another $621 million around the globe.

Pearce’s TV producing credits include “No Heroics,” “Lip Service” and “Damage Control.”

He’s repped by WME.

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