Having spent years refusing to compromise and make a PG-13 rated Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds and co have finally yielded to studio demand for a festive infused spin on Deadpool 2. Now titled Once Upon A Deadpool, the re-re-edit with added new scenes has set a December 12 release date.
A few weeks ago, Reynolds Tweeted an image of Deadpool (in a Santa hat) reading a very grown-up Fred Savage in a loving reenactment of the scene from The Princess Bride. Well, it seems as though Savage’s involvement was a deal breaker for Reynolds as he jokingly tells Deadline.
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006. 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…”
The charity in question is the appropriately named organisation F*** Cancer, which will be temporarily renamed the more PG-13 friendly, Fudge Cancer. $1 of every ticket sold will go to the charity, a cause that Fred Savage was only too happy to support.
“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.”
Reynolds has been one of the driving forces to getting Deadpool made in all its sweary glory, and I have to believe that the PG-13 version is more of an experiment to see how/if the character could work in the MCU. Disney’s deal to buy 20th Century Fox is almost complete, the door to Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool is now wide open to be part of Phase Four and beyond. You can’t argue that Fox hasn’t milked DP2 for all it’s worth with the theatrical cut, the extended edition, and now Once Upon A Deadpool. Don’t be surprised when Deadpool 2: The VR Experience is released last week.
Currently, there is no set release date for Once Upon A Deadpool for the UK, but the movie will be released in selected cinemas in the US on December 12.