It’s fitting that Deadpool’s main super-power is his accelerated healing factor; you just can’t kill this guy. For years, they talked about making a Deadpool movie featuring Ryan Reynolds (who played a largely unrecognizable version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine). For years, Deadpool languished in development; long enough to kill most projects. But that damn healing factor kept Deadpool alive.

Some test footage for the film leaked online in July, reigniting interest in the material. By September, Deadpool was moving forward at Fox; by December, Reynolds was officially signed on to star. Since then the cast has added T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, and Morena Baccarin. And now, at least if Reynolds and Baccarin’s Twitter feeds are to be believed, production has officially begin on the film:

Deadpool will be the directorial debut of animation and special effects artist Tim Miller. It opens in less than a year, on February 12, 2016. And it all just goes to show you can’t keep a good (bad) man down (assuming he has an accelerated ability to heal any injury).