Indiegogo asserted that “Code 8” is the highest-crowdfunded film of 2016 on any platform. The 30-day campaign, which closed over the weekend, had an original goal of $200,000.
“Instead of being billionaire superheroes, most ‘specials’ live in poverty and resort to crime, forcing the police to become more militarized,” the synopsis said. “The story follows a young man with special powers (Robbie Amell) struggling to find work as a day laborer. After a dispute over payment, he finds himself in a confrontation with a police officer (Sung Kang) and the autonomous robots backing him up.”
The campaign included the release of a ten-minute short film, directed by Jeff Chan from a script he co-wrote with Chris Pare.
“Code 8” will be shot in Los Angeles early next year and will also star Stephen Amell, Aaron Abrams, Chad Donella (“Scandal”) and Alfred Rubin Thompson.
Chan will also produce while Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell will serve as executive producers.
The campaign donation premiums included a DVD of the completed film for $35, attendance at a premiere of the film for $1,250 and two executive producer credits, which sold for $50,000 each.
Stephen Amell is best known for playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in the “Arrow” TV series. He will also star in the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.”
Robbie Amell stars as Ronnie Raymond/Deathstorm in “The Flash.” His feature credits include “The Duff” and the upcoming “The Babysitter.”