Deadpool 2 is reportedly coming back to theaters this Christmas season - but with a PG-13 rating. Fox hit a gold mine after letting Ryan Reynolds make the R-rated superhero movie of his dreams. Deadpool was a massive box office hit grossing close to $800 million worldwide and immediately putting a sequel on the fast track. The second film hit theaters just a few months ago in May and wound up doing about the same at the box office.
While this led some to wonder if Deadpool 2 was released in the wrong spot, there's no denying that the movie was still a success. Fox even allowed them to make a Super Duper Cut for the home release. Well, apparently all the money and critical praise it already received wasn't enough as it is now being brought back to theaters with another new cut.
Fox announced an Untitled Deadpool Movie will hit theaters December 21, 2018 - yes, this year. According to Deadline, the movie will be a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 and not an entirely new movie. Not only is the language and violence sure to be turned down or censored, but a narrative change appears to be in the works too. Ryan Reynolds shared the following tease, which signals a riff on The Princess Bride's bedside story narrative flow - especially with Fred Savage back in a recreated set from the movie.
This is pretty surprising news to come from the Deadpool franchise, as sticking to their R-rated guns is what has made it stand out. However, this could be a brilliant opportunity for Ryan Reynolds and Fox to show what a PG-13 Deadpool movie could look like - just in case Disney has any hesitations about continuing with an R-rating. It will obviously be fascinating to see what changes are made to the movie as a whole. The story structure will be one of the major things, but will Reynolds do new jokes in post that fit within a PG-13 rating or will they just bleep Deadpool whenever he crosses the R-rated line?
However, the other shocking part to this news is that it means this PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 will be hitting theaters on the exact same day as Aquaman. Warner Bros.' solo film for Jason Momoa is undeniably the bigger draw at this point, but there will surely be a portion of fans that want to see the latest cut of Deadpool 2. The weekend was already crowded before Deadpool 2 took Alita: Battle Angel's old slot too, with Mary Poppins Returns, Bumblebee, and Mortal Engines launching this weekend. Two comic book movies of this size releasing in the same weekend would be quite surprising, so this could signal (or possibly force) Warner Bros. to move Aquaman up a few weeks or back one. Other changes are sure to come but we now know there will be an extra dose of Deadpool 2 arriving later this year.
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