Since 2016, the Deadpool experiment has proven to be quite profitable as an R-rated parody of the superhero genre. Both Deadpool and Deadpool 2 have cracked the highest grossing R-rated movies of all time list and Ryan Reynolds has proven time and again that he genuinely enjoys playing the role.
However, the R rating can prove to discouraging to parents and their underage children who want to know what the fuss is all about with the Merc with a Mouth. Well, Fox has heard those concerns and plan on correcting course right in time for the Holidays.
The production studio and creative team behind the wildly successful franchise has been hard at work piecing together a PG-13 edition of Deadpool 2, officially titled Once Upon A Deadpool, that will be released from December 12-December 24th as a limited engagement next month. During a conversation with the Deadline, Reynolds revealed some key details about how the film came together and the charitable purpose it plans on serving.
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Reynolds told Deadline on Monday. “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…”
That’s right. Fred Savage, who cut his teeth as a child actor on the ABC sitcom ‘The Wonder Years’ and classic film The Princess Bride is the reluctant co-star of Once Upon A Deadpool as Deadpool seemingly tells him the story of Deadpool 2 in eight cutaway scenes throughout the film, which were written by Reynolds, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick and filmed in just one day.
“While my participation in this film was anything but voluntary,” Savage jokingly told Deadline, “I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab.”
As mentioned above, the film is serving an actual purpose for real-life people afflicted with cancer. Partnering with the F-ck Cancer campaign (Fudge Cancer within the confines of the PG-13 setting), $1 from every ticket sold to the film’s limited release will be donated in an effort to raise awareness and offer aid.
What do you think? Will you be heading to theaters this holiday season to check out the PG-13 version of the Deadpool 2? Let us know in the comments below and @superbromovies.
Once Upon A Deadpool will open in select theaters on December 12th and run until December 24th.