Netflix has just scored the new thriller Quartermaster and has tapped Drew Pearce, the writer behind Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and the latest Fast & Furious installment Hobbs & Shaw, to write and direct.
Per Variety, insiders say Netflix execs were so impressed by Pearce’s pitch for the film that they bought it on the spot and immediately went on the hunt for a lead.
Not much is known by the way of plot details, but the movie can be described as a high-concept thriller.
Marc Platt will reunite with Pearce as producer after working with the scribe on his directorial debut, 2018’s mediocre crime thriller and box office failure Hotel Artemis. The movie also marked the legendary Jodie Foster’s first acting gig since 2013’s Elysium.
Platt will produce alongside Adam Siegel, who also worked on Hotel Artemis, along with Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and even the Oscar-winning musical hit La La Land, though he’s also a producer behind 2014’s fantasy flop Lost River.
It isn’t Platt’s first Netflix project: He’s also worked on Nappily Ever After starring Sanaa Lathan.
While some of Pearce’s projects have not panned out, including Marvel Comics’ shelved Runaways and an ill-fated superhero show called No Heroics that ABC ordered a pilot for but passed on picking up, he’s gone on to show he can hold his own as a screenwriter.
Pearce’s screenwriting breakthrough was Marvel’s Iron Man 3, propelling him into his current standing as a go-to screenwriter for big action franchises, including Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the forthcoming Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw.