In recent weeks, things have been looking good for the foul-mouthed, disfigured superhero. Ryan Reynolds expressed his interest to follow through with the project and X-Men producer Simon Kinberg basically confirmed that there will in fact be a Deadpool movie.
However, fans reasonably asking for a hardcore adaptation may be concerned by what producer Lauren Donner said in an interview with Ace Showbiz. During the premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past in London, Donner stated that 20th Century Fox was weighing their options on how the Deadpool movie should be made.
“If we make it a smaller budget movie, we can go for the R-Rating. If not, then we push the boundaries of PG-13 which is alright too.”
It seems like 20th Century Fox is concerned that the R-Rated script by Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Rheese is not worth putting a larger budget into.
Perhaps their lack of faith in an R-Rated comic book movie was spurred by the disappointing commercial performance of 2012’s Dredd and 2013’s Kick Ass 2. All of the top grossing comic book film franchises (The Avengers, Spiderman, Man of Steel) carried PG-13 ratings to ensure their accessibility to all ages. You can’t exactly have a mainstream toy deal or Kids Choice Awards eligibility with an R rating.
However, despite all of this, 20th Century Fox is at risk of making what could be the worst decision they have ever made. [Deadpool](movie:38663) comics are pretty much built on a foundation of vulgarity and crude humor; the creative, over-the-top antics of Deadpool are what made him so famous in the first place. Slapping a PG-13 rating on this just to get some more expensive CGI and a bigger opening weekend to impress the investors is not worth spoiling the movie for the fans excited to see it.
Sure, you may draw in a bigger audience with a PG-13 rating, but since the fanbase of Deadpool is less mainstream and mostly comic book fans, the movie would flop without good word of mouth to carry it. Either way, a PG-13 rating would be doomsday for this project.
It really doesn’t matter if you can’t get a big budget; you can still make a professional-looking movie on a small budget. The slow motion effects in Dredd looked amazing and that was made on a mere $46 million. You don’t even need a big budget to replicate the comic series’ wonderfully senseless gore. 2013’s Evil Dead was made on a $17 million budget and that had enough gore to fill Shamu’s tank. Sure, Dredd didn’t do so well financially, but it has since been considered a cult classic, and fans still keep coming back to it to this day. If you truly listen to the fans and stay faithful to what made the series great, you will have at least have a cult hit that fans will truly appreciate. Bottom line: keep it R.