Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell Raise $1.7 Million for ‘Code 8’ Movie

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Robbie Amell and his cousin Stephen Amell have raised $1,722,409 from 20,201 backers on crowdfunding site Indiegogo for their sci-fi feature “Code 8.”

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.”

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  1. Tammy Kittiger says:

    I loved the short film of “Code 8”. Robbie Amell does a wonderful job acting, and the concept of this short film is remarkable. Look forward to seeing it in theaters some day soon!! Best of luck to Robbie and Stephen!!

  2. Ryan Perry says:

    Just because the concept comes from recognized talent doesn’t mean that it isn’t just as good as one by someone who isn’t. Rate it on the merit of the idea or don’t speak at all.

  3. BFD! says:

    BFD! I’m not impressed. This would be much more newsworthy if these guys WEREN’T already stars of a comic book hero TV series with an established fan base. That’s the way these big crowdfunding payouts usually happen. Meanwhile, you have 1000’s of talented unknown filmmakers trying to raise a few thousand who can’t get a single dime. Hollywood players don’t belong on crowdfunding sites.

  4. yeahright says:

    Reporting is off. “highest crowdfunded film”….super troopers 2 raised over 4 million. I’m sure there are others.

  5. Stuart says:

    Robbie Amell’s character in “The Flash.” is Firestorm, not Deathstorm.

  6. Dave says:

    I think they might be shooting in Toronto. This article is a mess.

  7. anon says:

    FYI Stephen has said multiple times he will be in the feature film. He was only not in the short because of scheduling issues.

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