SLIPKNOT’s M. Shawn Crahan, aka Clown, is set to direct a new movie based on ‘Officer Downe’, the graphic novel created by Joe Casey (Man of Action) and artist, Chris Burnham. Casey has penned the script.
‘Officer Downe’ details the story of a brutal supercop who continually dies in the line of duty, only to be resurrected by his superiors and sent back onto the streets each and every time. Skip Williamson (producer, Underworld, Crank) and Mark Neveldine (director, Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) will produce the feature along with Casey, Man of Action. Slipknot manager Cory Brennan exec produces.
Crahan, co-founder of seminal rock band Slipknot, directs many of the band’s music videos and makes his feature directorial debut with ‘Officer Downe’. Those videos have garnered 100 million views and Slipknot has sold 20 million albums/DVDs worldwide, while headlining the summer’s biggest global music fests from Ozzfest to Roskilde to Download.
Casey is a founding partner in Man of Action Studios, the entertainment company who created Ben 10, the megahit three billion dollar boys’ action empire and the biggest superhero launch of the past decade. Founded by comic book creators and acclaimed comic writers, many Man of Action titles are being turned into features, including The Great Unknown, and television series, including Casey’s Disco Destroyer. “I make comics because I love them, not to be back-door movie pitches” says Casey, “but this turned out to be a unique opportunity to go deeper and explore the characters in ways our printed page count prevented.” Confirming the film adaptation requires “more over-the-top set pieces to illustrate how incredibly chewed up and broken Officer Downe gets on the job, this makes someone with Crahan’s eye the perfect, twisted match for this material,” says Casey. “We feel like the team of Clown, Joe, Skip and myself will really have a great opportunity to make a low budget, visceral, exciting franchise that we can bring to all markets and platforms,” says Neveldine, “this kind of insanity has worldwide appeal and social media will be a big part in how we attack it.”
Check out this video of Clown explaining the basics.