That’s right, Marvel fans! Deadpool 2 is returning to theaters this year. But not exactly in the way you might imagine. 20th Century Fox will be releasing a PG-13 version of the hit R-rated Marvel movie. The project will apparently be called “Once Upon A Deadpool”. It took some convincing to get Ryan Reynolds on board with the project. It’s kind of similar to when they made Brad Pitt appear as the ‘Vanisher’ in the original Deadpool 2.
After the release of its extended uncut version in August, this is the second time Deadpool 2 is resurfacing.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) November 5, 2018
According to Deadline, the movie will be in the box office for limited time only, beginning December 12th and ending Christmas Eve. It’ll basically be a toned down, family-friendly few hours of Deadpool on the screen tailored for kids. (What’s Deadpool without his favorite curse words though, am I right?)
But don’t roll your eyes just yet. The PG-13 version will offer some new scenes (eight in total) with Ryan Reynolds and Fred Savage in it! Reportedly, they were all filmed in just one day.
A picture Reynolds previously posted shows Deadpool reading to Savage, re-creating the bedtime story scene from ‘The Princess Bride’. The only difference will be that a way older Fred Savage repeats his role as a child in bed. Meanwhile, Deadpool will replace Peter Falk’s kindly grandfather as the storyteller. (I’m already starting to see how this will go).
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— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 28, 2018
Release Dates for Other Projects
Interestingly, the change has a lot to do with the fact that Fox needed to fill an unexpected time gap in its release schedule. According to Deadline, Fox changed the release date for ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ from December to February 14th, 2019 (when it will have the advantage of coinciding with the Chinese New Year). In turn, it bumped up the upcoming ‘Dark Phoenix X-Men’ sequel to the summer when Fox anticipates better reception in prime blockbuster season.
Disney Has an Eye on Deadpool
But more importantly, Disney is watching. So is Marvel Studios. Reportedly, this is Fox’s chance to redeem itself in the kid-friendly department. Disney wants to determine if it can incorporate “Deadpool” into its family.
It’s no secret that Disney is very particular about what they show their audience. Families and parents all around the world trust them to have the best and most suitable content. With the upcoming Disney union, Fox (and Deadpool) will have to follow some new rules. (Because Disney isn’t about to take any R-rated risks.)
Notorious for their longtime, fairy-tale, happily-ever-after of a reputation, they obviously can’t tolerate a Deadpool floating around on the screen telling little kids to f*ck off. If anything, the James Gunn controversy proves the little patience Disney has when it comes to their image. And it’s smart too, considering that their most valuable asset is probably the trust their audience has in them. They obviously won’t let any obnoxious Deadpool take that superpower away.
However, a PG-13 version (Once upon a Deadpool) might be the perfect solution.
Given the powerhouse position that MCU films (by Marvel Studios) occupy in Disney, a successful PG-13 run could go a long way. It could convince audiences and Disney executives alike that Deadpool can function in a family-friendly manner too. And that could make all the difference when the new ownership of the character kicks in.
Watch the Movie, Donate to Cancer
Apart from that, it’s no surprise that a new Marvel project, that too right around Christmas time, means money raining over Disney. In other words, they’ll be making a lot of dollars from ‘Once upon a Deadpool’. But Ryan Reynolds was kind enough to make sure there would be more to it than that. Reportedly, he only agreed on a PG-13 version of the film if they donated $1 for every ticket to the ‘F*ck Cancer’ charity. The charity is temporarily being renamed to ‘Fudge Cancer’ (god, the lengths we go to for Disney) for the release of ‘Once upon a Deadpool’.
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Reynolds said in an interview with Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”
When asked, here’s what Fred had to say in response to Ryan Reynolds.
“While my participation in this film was anything but voluntary. I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab,” Savage said.
Well, we hope Ryan Reynolds takes care of Fred well. Though, it’s quite admirable to see both celebrities prioritizing charity above anything else. And it’s going to be very interesting to see how the whole movie pans out. A deadpool version for kids?