Stephen and Robbie Amell just raised $1.8 million for their indie sci-fi flick Code 8

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Apr 26, 2016, 10:47 AM EDT

Two of the most famous cousins in superhero-dom are teaming up to make their very own sci-fi flick. With $1.8 million now in the bank, it’s time for Arrow and Flash fans to get excited.

Stephen Amell (Arrow) and Robbie Amell (The Flash, Tomorrow People) combined their efforts to crowdfund the indie sci-fi flick Code 8. They’ve already created a short film to serve as a concept to show off the universe, and with the cash from the campaign, they’ll now develop the idea into a full feature film. The story sounds like something that should certainly appeal to comic fans already familiar with their body of work, but with a gritty, real-world spin.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The film takes place in a world where 4 percent 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. 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 (Kang) and the autonomous robots backing him up.

Sadly, due to scheduling, Stephen Amell was not able to appear in the short (his schedule between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel and Arrow apparently has him a bit overbooked these days). But he does plan to co-star in the feature film (and he's producing everything, along with Robbie). Since the campaign managed to raise nearly $2 million from an initial goal of just $200,000, it certainly seems like just a matter of finding the time to shoot the feature adaptation of Code 8

Along with the Amells, the project also stars Sung Kang (Fast and Furious franchise), Aaron Abrams (Stargate Atlantis, Blindspot), Chad Donella (Scandal) and Alfred Rubin Thompson.

The short (which you can find below) is fantastic. Give it a look and let us know if you’d want to see the full-length version:


(Via Indiegogo, Variety)