Did you love Deadpool 2 but were too young to see it on the big screen because of its R-rating? Well I’ve got good news for you.
A re-edited, holiday-themed version called Once Upon a Deadpool is coming to theaters, featuring a PG-13 version of the film released from December 12 through Christmas Eve in the US and on December 11 for just one night in the UK, as reported by Deadline and confirmed by the official Deadpool movie Twitter account.
The new version will feature added interstitial scenes where Ryan Reynolds’ antihero appears with actor Fred Savage — all of which were apparently filmed in one day for this release. Savage will appear in eight scenes in which Deadpool will read a bedtime story to the former child actor, a concept comically recycled from his youthful appearance in 1987’s The Princess Bride.
The re-release isn’t a complete cash grab. Reynolds told Deadline that $1 from every ticket is going to the F-ck Cancer charity, which is being temporarily renamed Fudge Cancer to remove the expletive for this cleaned up superhero flick.
‘Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,’ Reynolds told Deadline. ‘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…’
Savage appears to be in on the joke in his comment to Deadline… I think.
‘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,’ Savage said.
Once Upon a Deadpool marks the third version of Deadpool 2 that will be available for audiences, including the previously released theatrical version and the alternate joke-filled Super Duper Cut that came with the movie’s home release.