Take a look at the trailer released for Code 8, the upcoming action sci-fi film starring and executive produced by actors/cousins Robbie (The Duff) and Stephen Amell (Arrow).
This concept was spawned from a short film that the Amells starred in and exec produced in 2016. They kicked off an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a feature with a plan to get $US200,000. They got $US2.4 million ($AUD3.5 million).
The film is set in a world where 4% of people are born with supernatural abilities. They’re a discriminated group that often resort to crime. Among them is Connor Reed (Robbie Amell), who struggles with money and paying for his sick mother’s treatments. Garrett (Stephen Amell), who works for a drug lord, decides to lure Connor into the criminal world and convince him to use his powers to execute crimes for a militarised police unit.
The short film’s director, Jeff Chan, is at the helm here, working from a screenplay by Chris Pare. Both had previously worked together on a small horror film titled Grace: The Possession.
Check out the trailer for the film and watch the original short film below. Code 8, also starring Sung Kang (Fast & Furious) and Greg Bryk (Ad Astra), hits limited US theaters and On Demand on December 13.
Official synopsis for Code 8 the film:
Code 8 is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, they face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime. Connor Reed (Robbie Amell), a power-enabled young man, is struggling to pay for his ailing mother’s (Kari Matchett) health treatment.
Fighting to earn enough money as a day laborer, Connor is lured into a lucrative criminal world by Garrett (Stephen Amell) who works for Lincoln City’s reigning drug lord, Marcus Sutcliffe (Greg Bryk). Garrett helps Connor sharpen his powers in order to execute a series of crimes on behalf of Sutcliffe, while a militarized police unit, led by Agent Park (Sung Kang) and Agent Davis (Aaron Abrams), hunts them down. In theaters and On Demand on December 13, 2019.