Deadpool 2 is coming back with a new name when its PG-13 cut hits theaters this holiday season. Deadline reports that this summer’s hit sequel will be renamed Once Upon a Deadpool. The film will be given a 12-day run beginning December 12 and concluding on Christmas Eve.
According to Deadline, the limited engagement is targeting younger audiences who will be on winter break from school. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick previously mentioned that it was Ryan Reynolds’ idea for a new framing device that prompted the studio to greenlight this new version. That framing device is now confirmed to feature actor Fred Savage in a parody of his memorable role in 1987’s The Princess Bride. Once Upon a Deadpool will be interspersed with scenes showing the title character recounting the film’s plot as a bedtime story to Savage. The final cut of the film is about three minutes shorter than Deadpool 2.
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The very existence of Once Upon a Deadpool couldn’t be more ironic. One of the speedbumps Reynolds faced while trying to get the first Deadpool film made was fighting the studio against anything less than an R-rating. Reynolds told Deadline that “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…”
As for the charitable component, Reynolds explained which organization will benefit from the re-release., “Because it’s the season of giving, we will also be giving $1 for every ticket sold to F-ck Cancer, which will be renamed Fudge Cancer just for this limited time and campaign.”
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