Almost three years vhave passed since cousins Stehen and Robbie Amell’s short film Code 8 premiered to favorable reviews from the masses and now after a hugely successful crowd funding campaign, the short is now a feature length film which has just landed distribution with Vertical Entertainment per Deadline.

Both Stephen and Robbie star in the film and also served as executive producers. Per Deadline, “Code 8, written by Chris Pare, is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with some type of supernatural ability, but instead of being superheroes, they are heavily policed and live in poverty. Connor Reed (Robbie Amell) is a powerful young “electric” struggling to pay for his ailing mother’s medical treatment. To earn money, he joins a lucrative criminal world led by Garrett (Stephen Amell), who teaches him how to use his powers to pull off a series of increasingly dangerous crimes. Sung Kang (Fast & Furious) and Greg Bryk (Ad Astra) also star.”

Stephen Amell, Director Jeff Chan and Robbie Amell on the set of Code 8.
Courtesy of IMDb

Directed by Jeff Chan, who in a statement along with the Amells, said:

“We took a grassroots approach to getting this film off the ground and we’re beyond thrilled to unveil it alongside our partners at Vertical. This has been a labor of love for us and the tens of thousands of supporters who have been there since the start of this journey.”

Vertical’s Rich Goldberg added, “Code 8 is a visually immersive and action-packed film that introduces powerful real-world implications to a story revolving around individuals with the super-powered abilities. Like the best science fiction, it manages to entertain while challenging us to ask questions about the world around us and we can’t wait for audiences to experience it.”

Code 8 was produced by Colony Pictures, with the participation of Telefilm Canada, in association with Lane E Productions, the Fyzz Facility and Ontario Creates. Along with Stephen and Robbie, Lee Kim, Mary Anne Waterhouse, Pare, Cynthia Guidry, Lainie Guidry, Sascha Penn, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones are executive producers.

Stephen Amell is best known for playing Oliver Quenn on The CW’s Arrow which will run its final eighth season this fall while Robbie has been on The Flash where he played Ronnie Raymond AKA Firestorm.

Keep it locked and loaded right here for mre details to drop and in the emantime, check out the short film that inspired the film!

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