Next month sees the release of a PG-13 cut of “Deadpool 2” in cinemas, one that will incorporate both a new framing device that’s a parody of “The Princess Bride,” and cut scenes not included in the original along with a new edit of the movie.
Speaking with Slashfilm this week, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick say this won’t be just a trimmed down version of the film, rather everyone involved went back and shot a bunch of new scenes for it in early September including the new framing device:
“We definitely shot new stuff, 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.”
Collider adds additional photography is reportedly not yet finished either, with the new release aiming to be different enough to get those who saw the normal version back into cinemas. So why is this new cut happening at all? The site says the PG-13 version is aiming to get a wide release in China, while the writers tell Cinema Blend they also wanted the sequel to be accessible to a wider demographic:
“There is that segment of the population who we’ve treated to a great disservice by not letting them see Deadpool, and we’ve sort of driven a wedge between parents and their tweener kids who aren’t quite old enough to see it, and are bitter about it. And parents who were mad that Deadpool is of a certain rating, and that their kids whine all the time about it.
So we’re trying to serve that demographic, in particular. But we have introduced, without giving it away — and you’ll probably be able to see it on the Internet — we’ve definitely introduced a new framing element to the story, and a new element to the story that will make it highly entertaining for adults to return, as well. That will probably appeal to them more than their children. Again, I’m not… we’re not allowed to talk about it, but if you do a deep dive on the Internet, you may sniff it out.
The PG-13 version of “Deadpool 2” hits theaters on December 21st though how long it will be in cinemas isn’t clear.