Back in September, 20th Century Fox surprised many with the announcement that a family-friendly version of Deadpool 2 will open in theaters on December 21. Now, Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have revealed to /Film that Ryan Reynolds has filmed new scenes for the PG-13 release.
“We definitely shot new stuff,” Wernick told the site. “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.”
So what is the audience they are targeting for this release? “I think it’s not only going to appeal to kids but also to people who love Deadpool,” Wernick said. “I think it’s subversive enough and fun and creative and something that only Deadpool could do. So I think it’s going to be a real joy for not only a whole new audience, but also an audience that has seen and loved the Deadpool movies.”
However, don’t expect the PG-13 version to change the Deadpool 2 story much. “No, not really, not appreciably,” Reese added.
Ryan Reynolds previously posted a photo of himself dressed as Deadpool reading to Fred Savage, much like what happened in The Princess Bride, leading many to speculate Deadpool will be telling a family-friendly version of the movie to Savage.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. The film has earned $733.7 million at the worldwide box office.