February 24, 2015

Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has reportedly found the star for his debut as a feature film director.


According to Deadline, Canadian actor Kim Coates will play the title role in Officer Downe, based on the graphic novel of the same name. The book follows a Los Angeles cop who is killed repeatedly in the line of duty, but is resurrected by his superiors and sent back onto the streets. Coates is best known for playing Tig Trager on the FX series Sons Of Anarchy.

Crahan said that he’s been working his way toward directing a feature for a long time: “I’ve been preparing myself with art my whole life, and preparing myself for directing and scriptwriting, and this is what I’ve been doing for 10 years, is learning and studying and taking it in. You know, I honestly believe that, you know, we are gonna create the next Clockwork Orange and I’m gonna die trying because that’s my life.”


The original graphic novel was created by writer Joe Casey and artist Chris Burnham, with Casey also writing the screenplay. Production on the movie is slated to begin in March.

  • Crahan has directed a number of music videos, concert DVDs and behind-the-scenes featurettes for Slipknot.
  • He and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor founded a film production company called Living Breathing Films in 2012, although it has yet to release anything.
  • Taylor recently made his acting debut in the horror movie Fear Clinic, which was released on home video earlier this month.