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Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan To Direct "Officer Downe"

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"Officer Downe," the original graphic novel created by Joe Casey (Man of Action) and artist Chris Burnham, is getting the feature film treatment with Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan set to direct the Casey-penned script.

The Man of Action/Image Comics title "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 Slipknot, directs many of the band's music videos and makes his feature directorial debut with "Officer Downe." Founded by comic book creators, 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."

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