To kick off the holiday season, the (sometimes) good guy in red is delivering the official trailer for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL from 20th Century Fox! Audiences of almost all ages will soon be able to enjoy the Merc with the Mouth’s reimagining of Deadpool 2 filtered through the prism of childlike innocence.
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Ryan Reynolds told 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…”
Fred Savage will join Reynolds in new scenes for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL in an homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Fred remarked, “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.” This will make the third version of the David Leitch-directed superhero sequel, counting the 119-minute R-rated theatrical cut and the 133-minute super-duper unrated version on Blu-Ray.
Over at Forbes they ask a good question:
Will this be a deeply self-satirical version of Deadpool 2, with profanity intentionally dubbed over with ridiculous substitutes and the more graphic violence censored in an overtly aware fashion or will it be an honest try at fitting the R-rated superhero franchise into a PG-13 box? And if it works as the latter, it might be a game-changer.
No, this isn’t about making Deadpool safe for Walt Disney or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney may not be saints, but they aren’t stupid. They know that a PG-13 version of Deadpool that plays like the censored Super NES version of the first Mortal Kombat will go over about as well to hardcore fans and general adult moviegoers as the PG-13 rated Expendables 3. But Expendables 3, PG-13 and all, played quite well in China. The film barely topped $200 million worldwide in the summer of 2014, but it made $72m of that in China. And, presuming this is a “serious” attempt to cut Deadpool 2 down to a PG-13, is the goal in this exercise.
For every ticket sold, $1 will go to the charity Fudge Cancer – previously known as Fuck Cancer, who have graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of ONCE UPON A DEAD POOL’S release. The movie will run for two week starting December 12th.