20th Century Fox has released a trailer for the upcoming PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2 titled Once Upon a Deadpool.
- Once Upon a Deadpool will cut much of the language and violence from Deadpool 2 to change its R rating to a PG-13 rating. Or, as Deadpool calls it, Deadpool 2 will be “filtered through the prism of childlike innocence.”
- The retelling will also feature new footage featuring Wonder Years star Fred Savage, reportedly to be used as a framing device that will see Deadpool explaining the story to him.
- The new trailer features Deadpool explaining Savage’s role in the retelling, to which Savage responds that he “prefers Marvel movies” and not “Marvel licensed by Fox.”
- For each ticket sold for Once Upon a Deadpool, Fox will donate $1 to the charity F— Cancer — or “Fudge Cancer,” as Ryan Reynolds has dubbed it for this promotion.
- Once Upon A Deadpool will begin a limited engagement in theaters December 12th.
What they’re saying:
- Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool: “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…”
- Fred Savage: 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.”
Just for fun:
- This actually isn’t the first time a hit film has been re-released to obtain a lower rating. In 1977, Saturday Night Fever was released with an R-rating for drug use and other adult themes but a PG version was released in 1979.
- A reworked version of the 2004 R-rated film The Passion of the Christ was released in 2005 as The Passion Recut. Although the edit was intended to get a PG-13 rating, it was eventually released unrated after the MPAA deemed it was still too violent for a PG-13.