Deadpool 2 is getting a PG-13 rated re-cut just in time for the holidays on Dec. 12, with Once Upon a Deadpool retooling the film so that it no longer has an R rating. The framing device for the new cut is a little ridiculous, parodying the 1987 film The Princess Bride, in which child actor Fred Savage is told a story by his grandfather with portions deemed too scary cut out. Once Upon a Deadpool sees Deadpool kidnapping an adult version of Savage, hoping to reenact the film, but it turns out a fan may have came up with this idea around a year ago.
Writer and artist Michael Vincent Bramley tweeted his idea at Ryan Reynolds last year when the idea for a PG-13 Deadpool movie first started circulating online, and it's almost identical to what became of Once Upon a Deadpool. Understandably, Bramley was pretty freaked out about the whole thing.
Confused by the ordeal, he made it clear that he doesn't have any plans to sue anyone involved with the film.
Following his realization of the situation and his subsequent tweets about it, he says that Ryan Reynolds reached out to him to talk about it. "It seems like this may all just have been a big insane coincidence," he tweeted.
Reynolds previously said that Fox had been pushing for a PG-13 Deadpool for more than a decade. He finally gave in under 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." Reynolds pitched the idea for the framing device earlier this year, and when Fox agreed to his conditions they committed to donating $1 of every ticket sale of the upcoming re-cut to charity.
"We were kicking around some ideas and then I think it was Ryan [Reynolds] who had the great framing device and we all got excited and went to the studio," writer Paul Wernick revealed last month. "They said, 'Yeah, let's do it. Fire up the cameras.' About two months ago we were out on sound stages shooting again. Ryan was in the suit and the gang was back together, Dave Leitch and Ryan and us having a great time and laughing. It comes together great so we're super excited about it."
Deadpool 2 was originally released back in August, but the PG-13 cut of the film, which features a bunch of new footage, will hit theaters on Dec. 12.