It was reported /deadpool-rating-pg-13/shortly after Deadpool got the official green light from 20th Century Fox that one of the reasons it is moving ahead is because writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were able to find a way to keep the movie rated PG-13 without losing any of its edge, dark humor, or tone. This disappointed many longtime fans who waited through a long development process thinking the movie was going to be rated R. Today, Rhett Reese is claiming that may still be the case.
Hey, guys, no one knows yet whether Dpool will be R or PG-13. There may not be an announcement for a long while. Hang in!— Rhett Reese (@RhettReese) September 22, 2014
This, of course, flies in the face of what was previously reported. Meet the Movie Press offered the following quote last week about the rating:
"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 gonna hate this, they figured out how to make it PG-13. And therefore "not lose its soul", and that's a quote, of the script so that they can make it."
So much mis-information from the mis-informed in regards to Deadpool film. The version under review is a PG-13 version, not an R....— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
The PG-13 rating now allows for truckloads of violence and edgy themes.... An R rated version is not a consideration and hasn't been...— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
I should add, "hasn't been for years" .... You can always pad a DVD release with R cuts. No site is providing you with correct answers...— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
The brilliant screenplay has been equally brilliantly modified.... R is not a blockade any longer.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 30, 2014
Also, please understand that I would LOVE nothing more than an R rated Deadpool, mainly for bloody violence, thats just not a reality.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 31, 2014
Its possible that Rhett Reese is throwing this latest tweet out there just to keep longtime fans who were excited about the film's R rating interested in the production. If the film does hit theaters with a PG-13 rating, it won't be long before an unrated director's cut, which can get away with more than an R rated version can, will hit store shelves and VOD queues.
In this age of digital downloads, its almost a mute point to concentrate too hard on a film's rating. If nothing else, Deadpool's theatrical PG-13 release might just act as a really great trailer for the unrated version coming later down the road. Is that so bad?
Or do you need to see the R rated version on the big screen?