Last year’s re-release of “Deadpool 2,” in the form of a PG-13 cut entitled “Once Upon A Deadpool,” was seen as a test – one that attempted to see if the very R-rated ‘Merc with a Mouth’ could work in a more sanitised form under his new overlords at Disney.
Did it work? The film made a further $6.1 million domestically – not bad, but not a ringing endorsement either. With Fox’s sale to Disney complete, even Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that the company will keep making R-rated films and is keen to see “Deadpool” continue, but so far nothing has been announced.
David Leitch, who helmed the second film and is out promoting “Hobbs and Shaw” this week, says he thinks a third film can find a middle ground between the franchise’s usual R and Disney’s family-friendly PG-13 blockbuster template. He tells Yahoo UK:
“It’s rated R so that’s not necessarily the [MCU] brand but he doesn’t necessarily need to be R and [Disney] don’t necessarily need to only make PG-13 movies. I think we’ll find a happy ground. There’s a lot of mystery still surrounding what they want to do with Deadpool in [Disney’s] Marvel world but I think, from discussions that I’ve heard, it’s all positive. I think that they’re just trying to figure a way in as Deadpool’s hard.”
Leitch has already gone on the record saying he would be very happy to come back for a third “Deadpool” film if asked.