It really is happening. 20th Century Fox has unveiled the first poster for its family-friendly Christmas re-release of Deadpool 2, aka ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’.
The superhero sequel has been re-edited to allow a whole new audience to see the film in the UK on 11 December, a day earlier than the North American release date of 12 December.
— 20th Century Fox UK (@20CenturyFoxUK) November 9, 2018
Originally rated R in the States (roughly the equivalent of a 15 in the UK), Deadpool 2 has had its goriest and rudest moments edited out, to achieve a PG-13 rating for Once Upon A Deadpool.
But it’s not all bad news for fans of the original film, it was confirmed last month that plenty of new footage has been shot for the re-release – with a fresh framing device that’ll provide a new context for the film.
“We definitely shot new stuff,” said writer Paul 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 soundstages 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.”
“I think it’s not only going to appeal to kids but also to people who love Deadpool,” Wernick added.
“I think it’s subversive enough and fun and creative and something that only Deadpool could do. So I think it’s going to be a real joy for not only a whole new audience, but also an audience that has seen and loved the Deadpool movies.
“We don’t want to mislead nor do we want to spoil. As we get closer, we’ll see what the studio will let us talk about. I wouldn’t reveal too much about it because it’ll ruin the fun for the audience.”
Time will tell what that framing device will be, but with the new title suggesting some sort of fairytale / storytelling angle, we wonder if it’ll involve Deadpool revisiting events of the first film, in the tradition of something like The Princess Bride – and the presence of Fred Savage on the poster suggests this could be the case.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 9, 2018
But whatever the new material contains, we’re still not sure when we’ll get to see it in the UK – no release date has been announced for us yet.