Cousins Robbie and Stephen Amell have yet to work together on a feature film — and this is the time for that. It started as a short called ‘Code 8’ that the guys completely financed on their own, but now they’re working with fans to launch the full movie! Watch the 10-minute short here!
On March 22, Robbie and Stephen Amell revealed the action/science fiction short film, Code 8, which was produced as a proof of concept for a feature film version to be filmed later this year. However, to make the full film — which will star the cousins together — they need our help. And it’s actually really really cool.
“A desperate young man possessing special powers clashes with a militarized police force after committing a petty crime.” That’s the logline for Code 8, starring Robbie Amell, Sung Kang, Aaron Abrams, Chad Donella, Alfred Rubin Thompson. It is directed by Jeff Chan, and executive producers include Geoff McLean and Stephen Amell.
Due to scheduling, Stephen couldn’t star in the movie, but he plans on being in the feature! Today, Code 8 officially launched on Indiegogo. The story follows a young man with special powers (Amell) struggling to find work as a day laborer. After a dispute over payment, he finds himself in a confrontation with a police officer (Kang) and the autonomous robots backing him up. CODE 8 takes place in a world where 4% of the population are born with some type of supernatural ability. Instead of being wealthy superheroes, most ‘specials’ live in poverty and resort to crime, forcing the police to become more militarized.
“Robbie and I have been friends for a long time and have always talked about doing a project together,” the director said, “finally we said, let’s just do it.”
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“Once Sung Kang came on board, I knew this was going to be something the fans would be really excited to see,” Robbie added. As for his cousin who acted as EP, he definitely wants to be a part of the movie. “I had to jump straight from Turtles back to Arrow, but I’m going to do everything I can to help see this become a full length movie.”
“The short is just a sample of what we can do,” Robbie added. “By working with indiegogo, we let the fans decide if they want to see more.” The indiegogo campaign is full of exclusive perks, the most notable being “Go Fast and Furious” where you get to race Robbie and Sung in gocarts or “Big Time Birthday Party” where fans can celebrate Robbie and Stephen’s birthday. “We want this campaign to really engage the fans, giving them as much access to the process as possible,” Says Kang. The Indiegogo campaign will run for 31 days and can be found here!