SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan's debut as a feature film director, "Officer Downe", has been picked up for distribution in the U.S. by Magnet Releasing, according to Variety. Based on a graphic novel, the violent sci-fi film follows a police officer who is repeatedly killed, resurrected, and sent back into the field due to a mysterious technology that essentially makes him immortal. Kim Coates from "Sons Of Anarchy" stars in the title role.
Crahan told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the experience of making his first feature film was grueling but satisfying. "I did six weeks, three weeks of pre-pro and 21 days of straight filming, and it was the hardest I've ever worked in my life," he said. "But it was everything and anything I could have ever dreamt of. Some things were a struggle, but it was a trip."
"Officer Downe" will debut in theaters and on-demand platforms on November 18. The film is produced by "Crank" co-director Mark Neveldine and SLIPKNOT manager Cory Brennan, among others.
The movie premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last summer, where We Got This Covered said it was "sadistically stylized and punishingly powerful."
Crahan, who would like to direct more films in the future, has previously directed a number of music videos, concert DVDs and behind-the-scenes featurettes for SLIPKNOT.
He and SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor founded a production company called Living Breathing Films in 2012, although it has yet to release anything.