Fox Swears It’s Not Copying Deadpool by Making Wolverine 3 R-Rated

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Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine. Photo: Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox

How is Fox going to follow up on the success of Deadpool? Partly by making the upcoming Wolverine 3, Hugh Jackman's final turn in the role, darker and more violent than its predecessors, with an R rating to match. But just in case you were thinking of drawing the obvious conclusions, anonymous sources insist the decision was made long before Deadpool was a hit, and they may even be telling the truth. As THR reports, "Insiders say the untitled Wolverine threequel, which James Mangold begins shooting in a month, was always designed as a movie that would receive an R from the ratings board once finished because of the level of violence (and likely language) in the script written by Michael Green." The MPAA rating of the third film in a superhero spinoff series seems an odd place to draw the originality line, but who are we to judge? This is delightful spin.