How is Ryan Reynolds going to successfully transition from voicing the filthiest superhero of the past few years (Deadpool) to the fluffiest (Detective Pikachu)? The answer will arrive in theaters this December in a re-release we never saw coming: a PG-13 edit of Deadpool 2, complete with new scenes.
Once Upon a Deadpool arrives on December 12, only seven months after Deadpool 2‘s debut, but it appears to include just enough new content to entice series fans to hit theaters one more time. The biggest difference is an apparent storytelling wrapper starring none other than Fred Savage—who has been tied down by Deadpool and trapped in a Princess Bride-style bedroom. The timing of this announcement is certainly quite bittersweet, after fans mourned the loss of screenwriter William Goldman last week.
The trailer includes some back-and-forth in the iconic bedroom set, along with Savage offering serious shade about Deadpool’s bastard-child position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “It’s like if the Beatles were produced by Nickelback. It’s still music, but it sucks.” (Anyone who is shocked to see Savage’s comedic chops hasn’t kept up with the former child actor’s modern work on series like Party Down and Bojack Horseman.)
Otherwise, the trailer (embedded below) includes a severe lack of exactly how Deadpool 2‘s language and violence will be softened to fit into a PG-13 framework. But we’re intrigued by the comedic possibilities inherent in an officially “censored” take. Think of hilariously dubbed cable-TV versions of films (like The Big Lebowski’s infamous “when you find a stranger in the Alps” moment), then add a production crew in on the joke, and you probably have something weird in store, if not great.
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