Once Upon a Deadpool’s first teaser can almost be viewed as Ryan Reynolds’ attempt to prove to Disney that Deadpool can exist within a family-friendly universe — but maybe that’s overly pessimistic.
Once Upon a Deadpool is a remixed version of Deadpool 2, told by Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth to actor Fred Savage. Consider this a PG-13 version of Reynolds’ superhero franchise, which is most notable for earning an R rating. Savage’s inclusion in the movie is described by 20th Century Fox as “an homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic The Princess Bride.”
It sounds over-the-top and ridiculous, but that also defines what makes the Deadpool franchise so beloved in the first place. Reynolds did say that the intention was always to make some PG-13-rated version of the movie, which could appeal to a larger audience.
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Reynolds told Deadline. “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.”
20th Century Fox is also donating $1 from each ticket sold to “Fudge Cancer.” The charity organization’s real name is “Fuck Cancer,” but the founders “graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of Once Upon A Deadpool’s release,” according to 20th Century Fox.
Once Upon a Deadpool will hit theaters on December 12th.