How often do fans get the chance to help make a feature film? Fans of Arrow and The Flash stars Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow) and Robbie Amell (Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm) who haven’t already heard, have 12 hours left to do just that. Robbie and Stephen Amell revealed the trailer for their short film at this year’s Heroes & Villains FanFest in Chicago. A week later fans were shown the 10-minute short movie which is meant to be expanded into a feature film, Code 8.
The premise of the film would be “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.” Per the short, Robbie Amell will play a ‘special’ forced to run for his life after a violent confrontation with a police officer, played by Sung Kang of the Fast & Furious franchise. Arrow star Stephen Amell will work as executive producer of the project while balancing his commitments to Arrow, which officially wrapped production on Season 4 this week, and promotion for his role in the upcoming film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
In order to make their dream of becoming filmmakers a reality, the Amell cousins went to the fans for help. In exchange for donating to the crowdfunding campaign, fans would receive various prizes, raffles, and perks. These range from a simple $5 donation to be apart of the experience, to a $25,000 donation to be invited to Robbie and Stephen Amell’s birthday parties in May. The more fans donated, the more the Amells added to the perks list. Through their Facebook Live sessions the Amells were able to talk to their fans directly to ask what they wanted from the perks, how they wanted to contribute to film production, and even which stars from the DC television universe would be able to make a guest appearance in the film. Their original goal was $200,000, but in the last month the campaign blew past the $1 million mark and is quickly closing in on $1.5 million. Could enthusiastic fans do the impossible and reach $2 million by tonight’s midnight deadline?
With only 12 hours left in the campaign, it’s your last chance to donate. Watch the short film, as well as Robbie and Stephen Amell’s campaign video, to see what all the fuss is about.
Go to Code8.com to contribute to the Amell cousins’ film.