Rumor: 'Deadpool' Director Tim Miller Says the Film Will End Up PG-13
While fans should certainly be excited that 20th Century Fox has finally committed to give Deadpool his own feature film in February of 2016, it's time to be cautiously optimistic. In an episode of the Schmoes Know podcast, the resurgence of Deadpool is discussed, and some distressing news came to light. While fans have frequently said that the only way to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the big screen without tainting the character is to make an R-rated film, director Tim Miller has apparently said that they figured out how to make a PG-13 film and still make the most hardcore Deadpool fans happy with the final product. Read on!
Here's what was said on the podcast:
"I heard from the director [Tim Miller] 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, that they figured out how to make it PG-13 and therefore not lose its soul - that's a quote - of the script so they can make it."
Making the film PG-13 would explain why the studio finally agreed to make Deadpool a reality. That was the biggest hold-up before, since R-rated movies usually don't pull in as big of a box office take as PG-13 movies, especially when comic book properties are involved. Watchmen is an R-rated superhero movie (albeit far less conventional) and it only pulled in $107 million at the US box office. Meanwhile, more accessible films like Blade and Constantine made around 25% less at the box office. With the self-awareness that Deadpool has as a character, maybe he can make fun of the PG-13 aspects of the film and make it work that way. Can Tim Miller deliver a PG-13 movie and still give Deadpool fans the movie they want? What do you think?
Update! After this news broke screenwriter Rhett Reese, who is behind the script for this Deadpool movie now in development, took to Twitter to clear up some of the speculation. It's just too early to say:
Hey, guys, no one knows yet whether Dpool will be R or PG-13. There may not be an announcement for a long while. Hang in!
— Rhett Reese (@RhettReese) September 22, 2014
So there you have it. No one really knows for sure yet, and we'll have to keep waiting for a definite decision.