Slipknot co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (AKA Clown) is set to make his feature directorial debut with Officer Downe!
Officer Downe, the original graphic novel created by Joe Casey (Man of Action) and artist Chris Burnham, 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.
Joe Casey is a founding partner in Man of Action Studios, the entertainment company who created Ben 10. 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."
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. Executive producer is Slipknot manager Cory Brennan.