‘Dead­pool 2’ be­ing re-re­leased in a PG-13 ver­sion star­ring Fred Sav­age

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And here Aqua­man thought he would have the live-ac­tion su­per­hero screen all to him­self this Christ­mas.

On Fri­day, Ryan Reynolds tweeted out a poster for Fox’s “Once Upon a Dead­pool” – a re­lease that rep­re­sents both a noble act of char­ity and a bril­liant bit of box-of­fice mar­ket­ing.

“Once Upon a Dead­pool” is a re­cut ver­sion of the R-rated sum­mer se­quel that tones down the lan­guage and vi­o­lence to se- cure a PG-13 rat­ing. Or as Reynolds tweets of the new ver­sion: “The only F word in this movie is Fred Aaron Sav­age.” And on In­sta­gram, he calls it “a fairy tale that gives zero F’s.” In the poster, Reynolds is pic­tured cling­ing to Sav­age while mounted on a rein­deer.

The “Dead­pool” fran­chise, so laced with 1980s ref­er­ences, stays true to such riff­ing here. Sav­age played the grand­son be­ing read the sto­ry­book tale in 1987′s “The Princess Bride”; in “Once Upon a Dead­pool’s” new scenes, Reynolds will re­port­edly read his “Dead­pool” ad­ven­ture to the adult Sav­age in the same child­hood bed.

“Dead­pool 2” grossed $734 mil­lion world­wide this sum­mer – nearly as much as the first film made in 2016. As Dead­line re­ported this week, Fox had long sought a PG-13 ver­sion of a Dead­pool film.

“Fox has been ask­ing for a PG-13 ba­si­cally since the start in 2006,” Reynolds said on Mon­day. “I’ve said ‘no’ since 2006. This one time, I said ‘yes.’”

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