There’s just no stopping Deadpool 2. First we had the deleted scenes (with the extra Hitler baby bits), then the optional “Super Duper Cut” on disc, and now we’re getting a PG-13 edit that’s going to play in cinemas this December. What’s more, it now turns out that the slightly more kid-friendly version will include whole new scenes – with Ryan Reynolds heading back into the studio to film a new framing device.
Talking to Slashfilm, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed that they wrote and shot new material for the new release, with director David Leitch coming back into the studio. “We definitely shot new stuff,” says Wernick. “And recently, too. After Deadpool 2 came out and we were all sitting around, we came to it less about the idea of let’s make a PG-13 movie and more, ‘Let’s talk a little bit about Deadpool.’ 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. 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.”
The idea here is to make a version of Deadpool 2 that younger fans can enjoy without their parents worrying about all the exceptionally violent parts and some of the wilder curse words. The story will be the same, but the hardcore stuff will be dialed down a few notches.
“There is that segment of the population who we’ve treated to a great disservice by not letting them see Deadpool, and we’ve sort of driven a wedge between parents and their tweener kids who aren’t quite old enough to see it, and are bitter about it,” Reese and Wernick told CinemaBlend.
Of course, the bigger implication here is that Fox are clearly trying to work out what to do with one of their most popular supers. If he only works in an adult movie, does that mean he won’t work in any potential family friendly superteam movies that may or may not be in the pipeline?
The PG version of Deadpool 2 will open on December 21.
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