Disney Chief On “Deadpool” & R-Rated Films

In the wake of this morning’s official announcement about The Walt Disney Company acquiring the assets of 20th Century Fox, there has been many questions regarding all the details of what that will entail.

One of the most common questions however is what the acquisition means for the future of adult-oriented movies from the studio. Disney previously released adult-targeted films through its Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista and various other labels, but ditched that several years ago in favor of pursuing only four-quadrant family friendly tentpole blockbusters. Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” was the last R-rated film from the studio when it was released back in 2006.

20th Century Fox on the other hand, though offering some family titles, mainly focuses on blockbusters and adult fare including plenty of R-rated films such as the “Deadpool,” “Alien” and “Predator” franchises. Speaking in the wake of the announcement today, Disney CEO Bob Iger says there may be potential for R-rated films to continue at Disney and specifically brought up “Deadpool”:

“It (Deadpool) clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool, as long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”

“Deadpool 2” is currently set for release on June 1st 2018 and there’s not expected to be any change there, but further projects in the works like “Deadpool 3” and “X-Force” are uncertain at this point.

Actor Ryan Reynolds has made multiple jokes about Disney & Fox leading up to the merger and after the news broke he posted the below tweets – a new poster for the “Deadpool” sequel and a photo making fun of the deal.