Last week, Fox announced it was making a Deadpool movie, news which you either greeted with loud cheers because THEY’RE FINALLY MAKING A DEADPOOL MOVIE!!!!!!! or a confused shrug because WHO THE HELL IS DEADPOOL???? While he has a lower profile in the mainstream, Deadpool is a beloved figure in comic book circles. The best way to understand him is to know that he’s sort of a meta-character: An anti-superhero psychopath who frequently breaks the fourth wall and just-as-frequently kills people/things in the bloodiest way possible.
“Bloodiest way possible” may not be in the cards for the Deadpool movie, though. Mark Reilly at the Schmoes Know podcast claims that he heard straight from Deadpool director Tim Miller that Fox doesn’t want the film to be rated R. Says Reilly: “I heard from the director that they finally figured out the script…they figured out how to make it PG-13, and therefore, not lose its soul.”
For context, the current run of the Deadpool comic book began with the character slicing his way through the intestinal tract of a dinosaur before fighting the reanimated corpse of Franklin Delano Roosevelt–which I guess you could sort of get away with in a PG-13 movie, as long as Deadpool doesn’t say the F-word more than once. Fox did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment, and it’s worth pointing out that the movie just now got greenlit. Still, you could understand why the studio might be skeptical of releasing an R-rated superhero action movie, given the poor performance of Kick-Ass 2. (Then again, this summer’s R-rated comedies all performed quite well.)
Here’s the episode of Schmoes Know–the Deadpool chat starts around the 20-minute mark.