Shane Black To Write, Or At Least Co-Write, <i>Iron Man 3</i> After All?

When Marvel hired Shane Black to direct Iron Man 3 back in February, many hoped the writer of Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang would also handle the screenplay -- something seemingly confirmed a few weeks later by Black himself.

But then late last month it was announced that No Heroics creator Drew Pearce has been brought on board, leading to some confusion, and even more disappointment among fans of Black's work. Now, however, Cinema Blend reports that Black will co-write Iron Man 3 with Pearce, who penned Marvel's shelved Runaways adaptation.

If true -- the website cites "multiple, completely trustworthy sources" -- that leaves the question of why a veteran screenwriter like Black is being paired with a relative newcomer like Pearce. Cinema Blend points to conflicting reports, some of which contend that, given Black's history of R-rated films, Disney hired Pearce to help ensure the script is kept "family-friendly."

That's not very convincing, though. Why would Marvel/Disney trust Black, who's only directed one film (the terrific Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), to helm the next installment of the blockbuster franchise but not to pen a PG-13 script? This is the guy who co-wrote The Monster Squad and Last Action Hero.

Iron Man 3 will be released on May 3, 2013.

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