Let's be honest: Once Upon a Deadpool sounds absolutely insane. The idea of a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 in which Deadpool tells the story of the movie to an adult Fred Savage, who of course is known for his child role in The Princess Bride, is pretty wild.
It doesn't sound like something more than one person can just come up with coincidentally, but somebody had the bizarre idea before the Deadpool sequel was even released. A comic book writer and artist recently tweeted that he had pitched the idea just last year.
Michael Vincent Bramley posted the idea of using The Princess Bride-like framing device, even including a a role for adult Fred Savage, last December to Ryan Reynolds when the rumors of Disney buying Fox began to circulate. Bramley thought his idea would definitely work for the usually R-rated Deadpool to abide by Disney's PG-13 expectations, and would set a precedent for future Deadpool movies under Disney.
Sooo... I tweeted the exact plot of the new 'Once Upon A Deadpool' PG version of #Deadpool2 at Ryan Reynolds almost a year ago and it somehow wound up in a movie without me knowing. #deadpool #ryanreynolds #xmen #movies #OnceUponADeadpool #fredsavage #marvelmovies #mcu pic.twitter.com/tTMHwh2A1a— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) November 21, 2018
However, Bramley has now had the opportunity to speak with Ryan Reynolds on the topic, and things have apparently been cooled over.
.@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
With the amount of messages and tweets Reynolds likely receives on Twitter, there's a good chance he did not pay attention to the tweet he was sent nearly a year ago. But it is pretty interesting to think that two people can have essentially the same exact peculiar idea.
Once Upon a Deadpool is out in theaters on Dec. 12.