Deadpool Movie Aims for PG-13 Rating

The Deadpool movie is happening, but will a PG-13 rating satisfy fans of the violent character?

Twentieth Century Fox recently announced plans to move forward with a movie based on everyone's "Merc with a Mouth," Deadpool. The announcement opens the door for speculation about how successful such a movie can be. To really bring in big box office, wouldn't they have to dull down the character a little?

According to Schmoes Know, the studio has already started that debate with director Tim Miller, and they have agreed, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere, that the film will need to score a PG-13 rating. Editor-in-chief Mark Reilly reports, "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, 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."

Deadpool fans have taken to social media to voice their outrage. Screenwriter Rhett Reese, who is involved with the film, took to Twitter to calm them down. "Hey, guys, no one knows yet whether [Deadpool] will be R or PG-13. There may not be an announcement for a long while. Hang in!" he tweeted.

It's unclear if Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed Wade Wilson in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will reprise the role, though he is expected to. During a recent interview with Niagara Falls Review, he credited fans for keeping plans for the movie alive. "The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while," he said. "There was such an overpowering reaction to the [leaked] footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually. And it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way."

The film will arrive in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016.


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