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Quarantine's Dowdle Brothers Directing Adaptation of 'Afraid'

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January 20, 2010

Dowdle Brothers / Afraid

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.

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  • The Man With No Name
    Change the title and I will consider seeing this movie.
  • Really? The title is turning you away from seeing the film that isn't made yet? What's the problem?
  • The Man With No Name
    Yeah man I can't wait to go and see The Poughkeepsie Tapes. And Afraid is an epic name for a movie.
  • beavis
    #3, i just read your odd comment about sony pictures in another thread and now these comments about a movie that hasn't even had a trailer yet..........very odd.
  • I am looking forward to Afraid and I think I'll pick up the book the next time I'm at B&N.
  • Brian Ricci
    The Poughkeepsie Tapes was great.
  • Just for clarification; M. Night Shyamalan is producing Devil. Script is by Brian Nelson (Hard Candy) and "Story by" Shyamalan.
  • ebbie
    This is an interesting story because Afraid was self-published by the author as a Kindle book, and he sold it for 99 cents a copy. According to the author, he couldn't find publishers for most of his work so he opted to do it this way. Looks like it paid off. Good for him. The book is scary as hell, although I wish it wasn't so predictable as to who survives.
  • MonkeyTea
    I read this book when it first came out on the kindle. It's decent. Should be a brutal movie.
  • Matthew C.
    Just to be clear, that photo you have is of John Dowdle. The other guy (with beard) is NOT Drew Dowdle. Feels like "Dowdle Brothers" title with that pic is misleading.
  • cliff dowdle
    good stuf tapes was great
  • i dunno if i should read the book first or wait for the movie then read the book. whatever the circumstances i will do both

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