UPDATE: Ryan Reynolds has reached out to the fan and it sounds like it may have just been a really crazy coincidence:
.@VancityReynolds and I had a brief talk and I believe he was as confused as I was. It seems like this may all just have been a big, insane coincidence and I'm happy to leave it at that. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie in December! #deadpool #onceuponadeadpool
— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) November 22, 2018
Here’s a very interesting development regarding the upcoming PG-13 Once Upon a Deadpool and the framing device it uses with Fred Savage.
Back in December, long before Deadpool 2 was in theaters; a fan Tweeted at Ryan Reynolds that if Disney were to force them to make a PG Deadpool, they could kidnap Fred Savage and read him it as a story like in The Princess Bride:
@VancityReynolds If Marvel forces you to make a PG-13 Deadpool, just copy the framing device from The Princess Bride and have Deadpool censoring it for Fred Savage as a bedtime story. A kidnapped adult Fred Savage. There, I fixed it.
— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) December 7, 2017
That is the exact way the movie is using Fred Savage. It’s right there in the trailer.
This article from Deadline has Reynolds talking about the framing device earlier in the month:
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Reynolds told Deadline on Monday. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”
ComicBook.com has a quote from the co-writer of Deadpool 2 that credits Reynolds with the idea:
“We were kicking around some ideas and then I think it was Ryan [Reynolds] who had the great framing device and we all got excited and went to the studio. They said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. Fire up the cameras.’”
Right now it’s not know if they really did steal the idea of the scene from the fan who tweeted it at them last year. We’ll have to keep an eye on this and see if Fox responds to the fan’s claims, but that Tweet is pretty strong evidence on his side.