The Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell holiday musical comedy Spirited has hit streaming to a pleasantly surprised reaction from reviewers who have found the film to be an earnest and tastefully done twist on the classic Christmas Carol story. But this isn’t the Christmas film that Reynolds really wanted to make.

There’s a special festive film that Reynolds has had in the works for half a decade. Reynolds has already written the script, he’s just waiting for the corporate stars to align and for Disney to finally greenlight his magnum opus – a feature-length Deadpool Christmas movie. 

Should we write letters to Santa, Satan, Bob Iger, or all three?

“I would love to see a song and dance number in a Deadpool movie," Reynolds told Big Issue while on the press tour for Spirited. He continued, “Four years ago, (Deadpool co-writers) Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and I wrote a Christmas movie starring Deadpool. But it got lost in the shuffle of Disney acquiring Fox and it never got made.” Deadpool has long been in the awkward in-between area on the fringe of Fox's Marvel movie universe, but, once the pending film Deadpool 3 officially fits the irreverent anti-hero into the MCU canon, the door could be opened for Disney to produce a holiday special for their newest toy that would probably be much more warmly received than the Christmas classic of another acquired property.

Reynolds has already been given the chance to experiment with the Deadpool movie format when he made Once Upon a Deadpool, a PG-13 re-cut and re-telling of Deadpool 2 released six months after the base film. The framing device for Once Upon a Deadpool showed the masked vigilante kidnapping actor and producer Fred Savage and telling his hostage the story of Deadpool 2 as if it were a children's book in a parody/homage to The Princess Bride. Once Upon a Deadpool received mixed reviews, but allowing Reynolds to toy with the breadth of storytelling possibilities capable with the most meta and chaotic comic book character in the Marvel arsenal signaled a first step towards greater things.

As for the Deadpool Christmas movie, Reynolds remains hopeful that the holiday special could be a possibility in the future. It won't have anything in common with Spirited, save an appearance from Reynolds – said the star, “Maybe one day we’ll get to make that movie. It’s not a musical, but it’s a full Deadpool Christmas movie. So one day.”

He must be saving the theatrics for Deadpool on Broadway.

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