Screen Gems locks in 3 for 'Quarantined'

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Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter and Columbus Short are starring in "Quarantined," a remake of the Spanish horror movie "Rec" that John Erick Dowdle is directing for Screen Gems.

Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment are producing along with Sergio Aguero.

Johnathon Schaech and Steve Harris also have been cast.

"Quarantined" centers on a downtown Los Angeles apartment building where a deadly strain of rabies breaks out. A reporter and her cameraman are among those trapped inside when the edifice and its residents are quarantined. Dowdle penned the screenplay with his brother Drew.

Showing just how fast Hollywood can remake a movie, "Quarantine" is a redo of movie that has yet to be released. "Rec," by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, opens Nov. 23 in Spain.

Production begins today in Los Angeles.

Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper and senior vp production Eric Paquette are overseeing the project.

Julio and Carlos Fernandez executive produce.

Endeavor-repped Carpenter ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") stars on Showtime's "Dexter."

CAA-repped Hernandez's credits include "Hostel" and ABC's "Six Degrees."

Short starred in Screen Gems' "Stomp the Yard" and next appears in the company's "This Christmas." He is repped by CAA.
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