Most modern big budget films include reshoots - but few add them after the film has been released. Deadpool 2 is the exception to that rule as the blockbuster sequel brought actor Ryan Reynolds back months after the film's theatrical release to film new scenes for an updated PG-13 rated cut.
“We definitely shot new stuff,” co-screenwriter Paul Wernick told SlashFilm. “And recently too. After Deadpool 2 came out and we were all sitting around, we came to it less about the idea of let’s make a PG-13 movie and more, ‘Let’s talk a little bit about Deadpool.’ 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.’"
"About two months ago we were out on soundstages shooting again. Ryan was in the suit and the gang was back together, Dave Leitch and Ryan and us having a great time and laughing. It comes together great so we’re super excited about it.”
Co-writer Rhett Reese added that they hadn't changed the story substantially, though Wernick was quick to say the duo couldn't get more specific.
“We don’t want to mislead nor do we want to spoil,” Wernick said. “As we get closer, we’ll see what the studio will let us talk about. I wouldn’t reveal too much about it because it’ll ruin the fun for the audience.”
Likely, the reshoots were done to work around the material that had to be edited or cut to reach a PG-13 rating from the film's original R-rating. Ryan Reynolds is the only actor the pair could confirm had been onset for the reshoots.
The Deadpool 2 PG-13 cut is scheduled for a December 21 theatrical release.