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REPORT: Fox Planning a PG-13 Deadpool 2 Theatrical Release

In a surprising turn of events, Fox is reportedly releasing a more kid-friendly version of Deadpool 2 this year.

Along with announcing a slew of release date changes, the studio also announced plans to release an untitled Deadpool film this December. Don't get too excited, though. While we know Fox still has plans for its previously announced X-Men films, including the long-awaited X-Force film from writer and director Drew Goddard, it's safe to say Fox has not secretly filmed a new Deadpool film. Instead, as reported by Deadline, it appears this film is merely a recut version of this summer's Deadpool 2.

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A PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 is reportedly heading to theaters on Dec. 21. While surprising, the decision to release a more family-accessible cut of the previously R-rated film is a smart move -- financially, at least. Fox was originally set to release Alita: Battle Angel, a film that hasn't received nearly as much buzz as fellow December releases Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse or Bumblebee. So, moving that film into early 2019 and instead slotting a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 makes sense, especially considering that a PG-13 cut of the film would allow it to actually screen in China.

The first film didn't premiere in China until earlier this year after a two-year ban. The film was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival this past April where it played for one week. Interestingly enough, while China doesn't have a defined rating system, and instead requires all films to be suitable for audiences of all ages, the first film was not edited for its festival run.

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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.

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