Did a fan tweet the idea for Once Upon a Deadpool's now-famed apparent Princess Bride homage framing sequence at Ryan Reynolds almost a year ago - before Deadpool 2 was even in theaters?
It appears that way. Self-described Ryan Reynolds fan M.V. Bramley tweeted an idea for a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 at star Ryan Reynolds on December 7, 2017, saying if such a cut came to pass, it should be framed with an homage to the framing device from the classic 80s film The Princess Bride - including an adult Fred Savage.
Here's Bramley's tweet from December 7, 2017:
@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
So did Ryan Reynolds get the idea for Once Upon a Deadpool's framing sequence from M.V. Bramley? It appears at least possible, though the PG-13 cut has not yet been released, so the actual content of the new sequences isn't fully known. It could be a simple case of parallel thought - not the first or last time such a thing has happened in the comic book or film industry.
For Bramley's part, he has stated on Twitter that he hopes the coincidence is not a case of plagiarism, conceding that he is unaware of the timeline of Reynold's idea for the new sequence.
Earlier this year, Deadpool 2 screenwriter Paul Wernick gave Reynolds credit for the idea, saying the actor presented it after the theatrical release of Deadpool 2.
“We definitely shot new stuff, and recently too," Wernick explained. "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.’"
Reynolds himself previously stated of the idea "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…”
Of course, this being Ryan Reynolds and a Deadpool film, one also shouldn't totally dismiss the idea of this all being a coordinated ploy.
So far, neither Reynolds nor anyone at 20th Century Fox seems to have commented on the similarities between Bradley's pitch and what may actually wind up in the film. Once Upon a Deadpool is due out in theaters December 12.