Ryan Reynolds reveals details for a scrapped Deadpool Christmas movie he penned with the franchise’s co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
As development continues on his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, Ryan Reynolds recalls details of a scrapped Deadpool Christmas movie. Reynolds has scored critical acclaim for his performance as the quick-witted Merc with a Mouth, even garnering a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in the original Deadpool movie. After initially devising a variety of plans for the character’s future, the Deadpool movies were left in limbo following Disney acquisition of Fox, only for fans of the franchise to get excited as Reynolds eventually confirmed he was working with Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige to bring the character into the MCU.
In a recent interview with The Big Issue, Ryan Reynolds opened up about his tenure in the Deadpool franchise. The actor/co-writer/producer reveals he once co-wrote a Deadpool Christmas movie with original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick helping to pen the script, only for the Disney-Fox merger to see it scrapped. See what Reynolds shared below:
Four years ago [‘Deadpool’ co-writers] Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and I wrote a Christmas movie starring Deadpool. But it got lost in the shuffle of Disney acquiring Fox, and it never got made. Maybe one day we’ll get to make that movie. It’s not a musical, but it’s a full Deadpool Christmas movie. So one day.
Why A Christmas-Focused Deadpool Movie Could Still Be Made
The revelation of a Christmas-set Deadpool movie may not come as too much of a surprise to some fans, considering 2018 saw the release of Once Upon a Deadpool, a re-cut version of the sequel from earlier that year that parodied The Princess Bride with its Fred Savage subplot and got the rating down to PG-13. Though the concept scored some positive reception prior to its release, the re-release ultimately scored generally mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, with many commending the attempt to bring a meta take to a watered-down Deadpool, but still feeling it didn’t add much to the original cut of the film. Interestingly, the film still largely proved to be a win in Reynolds’ eyes, given the only reason he relented to a PG-13 version of his character was getting Fox to agree to donating $1 for every ticket purchased to the “F–k Cancer” campaign, with its $51 million haul providing a solid donation to the important charity.
With Reynolds teasing his interest in reviving the scrapped Deadpool Christmas movie, it seems possible the project could see the light of day in the future. The actor/producer seems devoted as ever to making the character’s future as exciting as ever for fans as he heads into the MCU, even bringing back Hugh Jackman to play Wolverine for a long-awaited crossover between the two characters. Additionally, with Once Upon a Deadpool being met with a divided reception, it would be interesting to see a film properly crafted for the holiday with an R-rating, rather than the watered-down PG-13 recut approach.
Given the holiday season has seen a variety of hits in the R-rated action field thanks to the likes of the Christmas-set Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, it would further be interesting to see whether a Christmas Deadpool movie would choose to break away from its comic book skewering to lampoon a prior genre classic. However, with the character now set in the MCU, which itself is finally exploring its own holiday-based stories with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, it could prove fun to see Reynolds’ Merc With a Mouth bring together a variety of other heroes together to celebrate the December season. In the meantime, audiences can look forward to his next solo movie with Deadpool 3 hitting theaters on November 8, 2024.