Wade Wilson is finally making is way to the big screen in China. Like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 didn't earn a potentially lucrative release in China due to its raunchy, violent content.
But now, an edited version of the Merc with a Mouth's second film has secured a release date in China.
According to Variety, Deadpool 2 will be released in China—albeit after undergoing some major changes. Per the outlet, China will receive a PG-13 cut of the film, although it's currently unknown if said cut will be a version of Once Upon a Deadpool or a newly retooled version of Deadpool 2. The PG-13 cut will hit theaters on January 25, and the Mandarin Chinese title reportedly translates to Deadpool 2: I Love My Home
The US PG-13 cut of the film, Once Upon a Deadpool, hit theaters around the holidays and managed to bring in an additional $6 million domestically, as well as another $1 million overseas. That's on top of the $734 million worldwide the original cut of Deadpool 2 took in earlier last year.
When the PG-13 cut was first announced, many expected it was due to Fox's hopes of securing a Chinese release date. Thankfully for the studio, films like Venom and Aquaman have done considerable business there, suggesting a promising box office haul for Deadpool 2.
It's of note that Deadpool took nearly two years to secure a release date in China following its domestic bow, and it was finally premiered at last year's Beijing Film Festival. The film played the festival as part of its Beijing Film Panorama section, which consisted of films that were described as "outstanding, classic and rarely-seen films." The film failed to secure a wide release date, however, and surprisingly played in its full (unedited) glory. So, it's not entirely surprising that the studio has since opted to release a PG-13 cut of the film to try and cash in on the massive box office potential in China.
David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell and Josh Brolin as Cable.