In September, 20th Century Fox announced that a family-friendly version of Deadpool 2 will open in theaters in December. We now have the full reason for the Deadpool 2 PG-13 rating given by the MPAA. The ratings board has given this new version a PG-13 rating for “intense sequences of violence and action, crude sexual content, language, thematic elements and brief drug material.” The original version, which hit theaters on May 18, was rated R for “strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material.”
In a recent report from Deadline, the site revealed that the new version of the film will be titled Once Upon a Deadpool and will open in select theaters on December 12. The rerelease, which is three minutes shorter, will play through Christmas Eve.
Most of the Deadpool 2 footage has been edited to meet the PG-13 thresholds of violence and language. New footage (eight scenes) was also shot for Once Upon a Deadpool that will serve as a framing sequence in which Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool reads the story to Fred Savage in the style of 1987’s The Princess Bride.
It was also revealed that for every ticket sold, $1 will go to the F*ck Cancer charity.
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Reynolds told the site. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”
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.