The R-rated Deadpool 2 performed quite well at the box office, becoming the sixth highest grossing film of the year so far. Back in September, Fox surprised the fandom by announcing that a PG-13 version of the film, re-titled The Deadpool Before Christmas, would hit theaters in December. For fans wondering the reason behind the studio greenlighting this project, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have an explanation for it.
During an interview with Cinema Blend, the Deadpool writers opened up about their true intentions behind making a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2. Reese and Wernick revealed that they wanted the sequel to be accessible to a wider audience, including kids.
“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,” the Deadpool writers explained adding “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.”
Reese and Wernick confirmed The Deadpool Before Christmas will add new story elements including never-before-seen scenes that would make the film highly entertaining for adults to return. However, the new scenes won’t likely change the plot of the movie.
“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,” the writers said. “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.”
It’s definitely going to be a win-win situation for Deadpool fans who get a chance to see the Merc with the mouth rocking the big screen for the second time this year.
The Deadpool Before Christmas will arrive in theatres on Friday, December 21.
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