'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell Starts Production on Crowdfunded Movie 'Code 8'

Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 8:15PM
Thursday, 08 June 2017 - 8:15PM
'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell Starts Production on Crowdfunded Movie 'Code 8'
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Crowdfunding is a wonderful tool. Sure, it's very rare for a product to fully deliver on its initial promises, and the money doesn't always go to projects that necessarily deserve it, but every now and then a campaign will produce an absolutely beautiful thing that everyone can be proud of, that might not have been possible otherwise.

One such project is Code 8, a low budget sci-fi/superhero movie put together by Arrow star Stephen Amell and his cousin Robbie, who plays Firestorm/Deathstorm in The Flash. Initially hoping for a budget of just $200,000, the Indiegogo campaign last year raised $1,722,409, providing the pair with the opportunity to get in some premium talent to direct and star in the film.

Originally beginning life as a ten minute short film, the movie has now begun filming in Toronto, with the cousins publishing a short video announcing that they're reopening the campaign for those backers, new and old, who might like to chuck a little extra at the project.

The story of this movie should be familiar to anyone who has ever seen an X-Men film. According to the Indiegogo campaign:

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"The film takes place in a world where 4% of the population are born with some type of supernatural ability. Instead of being billionaire superheroes, most 'specials' live in poverty and resort to crime, forcing the police to become more militarized."
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It's kind of weird how, in situations like this, when people gain superpowers at random for no reason and they suffer persecution, they just roll over and take it. You never see Superman working as a day laborer to make ends meet, but that's what Code 8 will revolve around.

Of course, the big draw here is for fans of The Flash and Arrow to see some of their favorite actors come together to produce a fun, independent movie that expands the modern discussion on social prejudices in a way that also shows off some amazing special effects. Regardless of the similarities between this story and X-Men, what matters is that this is a project made for the fans, without any of the awkward studio interference that often hampers superhero movies from all studios.

This movie's budget may be small compared to any blockbuster superhero popcorn flick, but with the fans behind it, Code 8 might just deliver the kind of unique, nuanced perspective that audiences yearn for. Here's the short film from 2016, a proof of concept of what's hopefully to come:

Via: Variety
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