‘X-Men’ fans have been demanding a solo Deadpool movie ever since Ryan Reynolds nailed his part as Wade Wilson in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ only to have the Merc with a Mouth ruined by bad writing and directing. In an effort to rally around making the dream a reality in the years that followed, ‘Zombieland’ writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick drafted a script that more closely resembled his comic book counterpart. Director Tim Miller later joined the project, which prompted fans to raise their hopes for the long-gestating spinoff to manifest. And the Deadpool buzz was at an all time high earlier this summer as the test footage that Reynolds worked on when the rumblings for this film began hit the web and thrilled True Believers everywhere. But now things have been made official as the studio has announced a release date for ‘Deadpool.’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox changed and scheduled the release dates for a number of their projects currently in development such as ‘Assassin’s Creed’, ‘Paper Towns’, and the reboot of ‘Fantastic Four.’ But the surprise came when the studio listed ‘Deadpool’ among its upcoming movies with a release date of February 12, 2016. Miller and Reynolds are still expected to be attached, though no deals have been set yet.

It looks like producer Lauren Shuler Donner wasn’t pulling our legs after all when she said that she was working on finally bringing Deadpool to the big screen. But the question remains about the film’s rating. Many are hoping that Fox will allow for an R rating, which is exactly what a Wade Wilson movie needs to be done properly. It’s also worth noting that Reese and Wernick’s names were not mentioned in the article, but hopefully it goes without saying that the production will work from their well-received script.

Are you excited to hear that ‘Deadpool’ is finally coming to a theater near you? Do you think that 20th Century Fox will let it out of the can with an R rating? Share your thoughts in the comments below.