20th Century Fox has a present for Deadpool fans. The studio has just announced that a new ‘Deadpool’ movie will be released in theaters on December 21st! The new movie will be rated PG-13, which is a big change, considering that both existing ‘Deadpool’ movies have very much earned their R ratings. Fox isn’t providing any more information but encouraged journalists to “guess away” as to what this new picture will be. Ryan Reynolds shared the photo above, depicting him dressed as Deadpool with a Santa Claus hat, reading to Fred Savage. This is a clear homage to ‘The Princess Bride’ in which Savage starred when he was a kid. In that film, his grandfather, played by Peter Falk read the titular fairy tale to him when he was sick in bed.
‘Deadpool 2’ came out in theaters on May 18 of this year and is already available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Speaking of ratings, the home video version is an uncut, even more explicit version than what was shown in theaters. It’s possible that Fox is going in the opposite direction and releasing a more sanitized version. Or this new film could be made up of unused footage from that picture.
With Disney purchasing Fox, this might be an attempt to make ‘Deadpool’ a little more family-friendly. Judging just by this photo, Reynolds could be telling Savage about his exploits, but editing them to be less violent.
This release date, December 21, throws ‘Deadpool’ into possibly the most competitive weekend of the year. Also releasing on that date are ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Bumblebee’, along with ‘Holmes & Watson’ starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly and possible Academy Award contender ‘Welcome to Marwen’. That will also be the first weekend for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ which comes out a few days earlier on Dec. 19.
This ‘Deadpool’ movie replaces another Fox film, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ which has been pushed back to February 14, 2019.
Earlier this year, Disney’s ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ faltered at the box office and part of the blame was placed on the fact that it came out in less than a year after the last ‘Star Wars’ movie, ‘The Last Jedi’. Is there such a thing as too much ‘Deadpool’?
What do you think of getting another ‘Deadpool’ movie in just a matter of months? Is it overkill or is this exactly what you were hoping to get for Christmas?