In 2016 cousins Robbie and Stephen Amell appeared in a short film called Code 8, it was intended as a trailer for a motion picture. After the good reception of the trailer/short movie, a crowdfunding campaign was started with a goal for $200,000 but within a month the raised over $2.4 million and few years later the film is a hit on Netflix and Code 8: Part II is officially greenlit after over a year of its initial release.
In a rare crowdfunding success story, more than 34,000 fans flocked to Indiegogo and helped finance the movie. Their names were included in a 4-minute end credit crawl and now the fans are getting a sequel from a movie they helped finance. The stars are excited, the director and screenwriter of the first movie, Jeff Chan, is returning and everything is set for a 2022 release.
Based on a world where the general public has known the existence of super-human people since the 90s. The story follows Powers, as the powered individual are known, in Lincoln City. The Powers have become the second-class citizen of the world and they are required to register with the government which makes them target for hate and distrust. All of this combined with lack of opportunity leads some to a life of crime which brings them head-to-head with a highly militarized city police with no regard for life.
Robbie and Stephen Amell Returning to Code 8: Part II
In Code 8 Robbie Amell played Connor Reed, a Class-5 Electric, with a sick mother and no money to give her the life saving treatment she needs. Stephen Amell plays Garrett Kent, a telekinetic and career criminal who wants to take over the drug trade in Lincoln City for The Trust. And their paths converge when desperation leads Connor to Garrett and his crew of thieves.
Connor is put into a corner; he cannot get a job because of his criminal past and he also needs money to take care of his mother. While Garrett sees an extremely gifted kid who can help his ascension to the top. Together they plan a bank job which goes bust when the money in the vault is not what they expected and come face to face with the dreaded drone police of Lincoln City.
To clear their debt the crew decides to hit a police convoy that could clear all their debts. By the end of the movie Sutcliffe is dead, Connor has Nia who can “heal” his mother, and Garrett will soon become the head of the drug trade in Lincoln City. But Connor cannot go through with Nia’s help as he sees the pain she endures to take his mother’s disease within herself. Connor lets her go, saying goodbye to his mother, and then proceeds to surrender to the police.
In the sequel Code 8: Part II, a teenage girl witnesses the killing of her brother and then the officer involved starts to coverup the crime. When the girl decides to not shut up about the incident she becomes a target of corrupt cops. But coming to the girl’s aid is Garrett Kent and ex-con Connor Reed who try to find justice for the girl and her brother.
Robbie Amell was happy about the announcement, “There’s nothing better than working with family and friends. Code 8 was the embodiment of that. I can’t wait to get back to work on the sequel.” Stephen was also excited, “Code 8 is an incredibly personal and special project for all of us. We built the world in the first one and now we’re ready to blow it out!”
The director of the first movie was also excited to get another round with the characters in a new movie. “We’re beyond thrilled to get the team back together and bring more of the Code 8universe to our very passionate fans. We know this is a sequel that will push the story to new heights,” he told Deadline Hollywood.
While there is no release date for Code 8: Part II, the film is set to go on floor in the fourth quarter of this year. The first movie was a nice sci-fi flick and with a little more money to spend on the sequel and a real meat in the story beyond the drug trade, we are all in for a treat.
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