We’ve heard a lot of news about all the FOX projects Disney has killed since the merger, but now we are getting some news about a project they are greenlighting that is going to make a lot of people happy. Eric Powell‘s The Goon comic book has been in development since 2010 when they unveiled a great looking teaser trailer with the voices of Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti. Today, FOX announced that they are now developing the film. Here’s what Tim Miller (Deadpool director and creator of Blur Studios) had to say in a statement:

As loyal fans, we wanted you folks to be the first to know… THE GOON feature is officially in development at 20th Century Fox! And we owe a huge debt of thanks to you, our backers, for keeping the faith during this long journey. You helped us keep the dream alive. Without you, we couldn’t have gotten this far.

With your generous contributions, we were able to finish a full storyboard animatic of the film, complete with amazing voice acting, sound design, and music. This template for the film sold the producers and studio on the potential of THE GOON and we’re beginning a new round of development.

So, what exactly does “development” mean? Well, it doesn’t mean that we’re making the movie next week — the proverbial Hollywood “green-light” always happens in phases — but it does mean we’ve got fresh wind in our sails, the resources of a studio and some “heavy-hitter” producers behind us. It’s the next, necessary step along the path to making the film.

Which producers you may ask? It’s The Chernin Group and they’ve brought us movies such as the PLANET OF THE APES franchise, RED SPARROW and OBLIVION. They love the project and we’re all excited about this next phase and continues the collaboration with the fabulous Eric Powell, David Fincher, and all the folks at Blur Studio.

Thank you all again. More updates coming as they happen!