Quarantine's Dowdle Brothers Directing Adaptation of 'Afraid'
by Ethan Anderton
January 20, 2010
It's a bit strange to think that anyone could break into the film industry with a flick that was good enough to start their career, but not good enough to climb out of limbo after two years. Such is the case with John & Drew Dowdle who broke into the industry writing and producing The Poughkeepsie Tapes, a film that is stuck in release limbo despite having trailers in theaters on and off. Though the film hasn't seen release, the writers are finishing their second directing gig with Devil written by M. Night Shyamalan, and now Bloody Disgusting says the brothers will direct Afraid, an adaptation of Jack Kilborn's novel of the same name.
In the novel, a helicopter crash unleashes a rogue Red-Ops unit on Safe Haven, Wisconsin, and its residents must band together to defend themselves against these brutal "trans-human" killers. Co-written by Larry Malkin & Chad Thumann, the film is said to be in the same vein of Terminator and Aliens. I haven't read the novel but author Jonathan Maberry says the book "will scare the hell out of anyone who reads it. Fast and ferocious, this is a dangerous thriller that will take a bite out of you. An absolute must read for anyone who loves the adrenaline rush of a shocking story told with style, speed and savage grace." Well I certainly hope the film will have the same intense feel as the book. We're curious to see what the Dowdle Brothers can do.