Canadian actors Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell asked fans to help them bring their feature film Code 8 to life, and within two days, the cousins reached their goal of raising $200,000 on Indiegogo for production costs. “We did it!” exclaimed Robbie on Twitter, before thanking all those who donated. The duo shot the passion project as a short film in the summer of 2015 before releasing a teaser earlier this year.
Those who donated received a variety of perks ranging from Code 8 hoodies to VIP tickets to the movie's premiere. They even offered up executive producer rights for a cool $50,000!
When Hello! Canada caught up with Robbie in Toronto ahead of the city’s ComiCon exhibition, the 27-year-old actor shared his excitement over both the project and getting to work with his cousin Stephen. “I wanted to work with him for a long time. We got to do a little on Flash and Arrow but we never really got to shoot together.” Now, the stars will not only get to work together, they’ll get to bring their own project to life.
Directed by Vancouver-native Jeff Chan, Code 8 is set in a world where four per cent of the population are born with some type of supernatural ability. Unlike other comic-born characters like Iron Man and Batman who bask in wealth, the supernatural beings in this action flick live a life of crime as a result of poverty. Both actors are no stranger to the science fiction genre, with Stephen playing Green Arrow on TV"s Arrow and Robbie playing Deathstorm in The Flash.
Code 8 is expected to hit theatres in 2017.