When it comes to being a geek, depending on when you grew up, it used to be lonely. It used to be something that was made fun of, a reason to be bullied. And even though it’s gotten to be a bit better, within the geek community there is still separation and distance. You may do it, too, without even realizing it. For example, if someone is a Harry Potter fan, you may ask what house they are in. If someone is a Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan, you may ask if they read the books. If someone is a comic book/comic book movie fan, you may ask if they like Marvel or DC.
Three years in the making since the online release of the winning sci-fi short, Code 8 is now a feature film reality with a late 2019 day-and-date release in tow from Vertical Entertainment. The project is a culmination of efforts by director Jeff Chan who helmed the short that launched the successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016 fronted by cousins, lead actor Robbie Amell and co-star Stephen Amell.
Just over a year after debuting their winning independently-funded shortfilm, Code 8, production is already underway in Toronto. Actor Robbie Amell starring with Arrow series star, actor Stephen Amell executive producing and otherwise confirmed to star.
Jeff Chan who directed the short is helming the film. Plot details remain pending which has the former Amell leading the cast -the shortfilm centers on a struggling daylaborer taught by a criminal how to use his superhuman powers in a world where “specials” are the oppressed minority and constantly targeted by militarized police forces, as told in the short.
Also starring are Sung Kang, Aaron Abrams, Chad Donella and Greg Byrk. XYZ Films acquired the film in February for international sales. Co-writer Chris Paré is also executive producing as well as Thick Water Entertainment and Resolute Films’s own Lee Kim.
The Code 8 short is still online and is 2.5 million views strong. In the meantime, the Amells have re-launched their Indiegogo campaign to further bolster the film’s progression with premieres and prizes. You can learn more about it in the video below and at the official website.