Once Upon A Deadpool – Storybook Trailer - Marvel Entertainment – The Donners’ Company – Genre Films – 20th Century Fox – Director David Leitch – Producers Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds & Lauren Shuler Donner Writers Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick Ryan Reynolds
At the end of September 2018, Fox announced that it would release an untitled Deadpool film in theaters on ...
At the end of September 2018, Fox announced that it would release an untitled Deadpool film in theaters on December 21. The studio suggested that press and fans "guess away" as to what this new film would be, but it was believed to be a re-cut version of Deadpool 2 that would carry a PG-13 rating rather than being R-rated like the initial theatrical release. Reynolds hinted that the version of the film would feature Deadpool telling the story of the film to Fred Savage, parodying The Princess Bride (1987) in which a young Savage was told a bedtime story by Peter Falk who avoided "the scary parts that were a bit too adult for the youngster". Reese and Wernick revealed in October that the idea for the new version of the film was raised by Reynolds during a general discussion about the character following the film's initial release, and that Reynolds also suggested the framing device for the story. Reese and Wernick wrote new scenes for the new version, and Leitch returned to direct them during a single day in August. This version of the film also included three new post-credit scenes, including a tribute to Stan Lee. Wernick said the version would not just be for children who were unable to watch the R-rated release, as "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." They added that the film's story would not change "appreciably" between versions. The majority of the version is the same as the theatrical release, but edited to "meet PG-13 thresholds of violence and language".
Fox officially announced Once Upon a Deadpool in November and changed the release schedule to run from December 12 to 24. The studio considered the release to be a chance of a "Christmas bonus", and it also had the potential to be released in China unlike the R-rated version.