Will ‘Deadpool’ End Up Being PG-13?
Last week brought the surprising news that a 'Deadpool' movie was finally in the works after years of development hell, and now details are slowly trickling out. Though, fans of Marvel's "Merc With a Mouth" may want to set a few expectations -- this is probably going to be a PG-13 movie.
The news comes from the folks over at Schmoes Know, who chatted with director Tim Miller and heard the news firsthand. From their 'Meet the Movie Press' podcast, Mark Reilly said:
I heard from the director that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced ... that they figured out, and you guys are all going to hate this, they figured out how to make it PG-13, and therefore "not lose its soul" -- that's a quote - of the script so that they can make it.
Let's get real: was there ever any doubt about this? Fox is a business first and foremost, and just because Wade Wilson/Deadpool has incredibly violent, R-rated adventures on the page doesn't mean the studio is going to stick to that. After all, this is a niche character to begin with, and it has got to make money.
UPDATE: 'Deadpool' screenwriter Rhett Reese stated on Twitter that the PG-13 rating is not official and that the battle continues.
So don't expect a gory 'Deadpool' filled with the character's trademark carnage and perversity. However, it's totally okay to expect a 'Deadpool' filled with goofy quips, fourth-wall-breaking dialogue and Ryan Reynolds unleashing his little-seen comedic side. There are plenty of elements about the character that exist outside of blood 'n' guts. Violence alone isn't going to make the 'Deadpool' movie work, so getting bent out of shape about a rating before a single frame is even shot just seems silly.
Look at it this way: no matter what happens, it won't be as bad as the character's initial big screen debut in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' because that's not possible.
You have until February 12, 2016 to moan and groan about a sanitized 'Deadpool.'