The Code 8 universe is about to get bigger.
Cousins Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell announced last week that they are reprising their roles as Connor Reed and Garrett Kent, respectively, in a sequel to the 2009 sci-fi action film. Titled Code 8: Part II, the follow-up will be helmed by Code 8 director Jeff Chan, who also penned the screenplay with Code 8 writer Chris Paré, as well as Sherren Lee and Jesse LaVercombe.
Set in the fictional Lincoln City where 4% of the population possess special abilities and are often confronted by advanced, militarized police technology, Code 8: Part II centers on a teenage girl fighting to get justice for her slain brother at the hands of corrupt police officers. After becoming a witness to the cover-up, she becomes a target and enlists the help of ex-con Conner and his former partner-in-crime Garrett. Together, they face a highly regarded and well protected police sergeant who will use every tool to prevent himself from being exposed.
Just like the original, Code 8: Part II will be produced by Robbie, Stephen, Chan, and Paré. But unlike the first movie, the follow-up film won’t be crowdfunded. Back in 2016, Robbie and Stephen launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund Code 8. The campaign raised $2.5 million from more than 35,000 backers, making Code 8 the second-largest crowdfunded original film of all time.
“There’s nothing better than working with family and friends,” said Robbie in a news release announcing Code 8: Part II. “Code 8 was the embodiment of that. I can’t wait to get back to work on the sequel.”
For his part, Stephen said that “Code 8 is an incredibly personal and special project” for all of them involved. “We built the world in the first one and now we’re ready to blow it out!” he added.
Code 8: Part II doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but filming for the sequel is set to start in the fourth quarter of this year.
In addition to Code 8: Part II, Robbie, who currently stars in the Amazon series Upload, will also be seen next in the Resident Evil reboot Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, which is set to premiere on November 24th.
Meanwhile, Amell, who wrapped an eight-season run as Oliver Queen on the CW series Arrow last year, will next star in the Starz wrestling family drama Heels, premiering on August 15th.