If you’ve been following the saga of anti-virus pioneer John McAfee, you probably at some point thought to yourself that the story seemed straight of the movies. Well, in a not-so-unexpected turn of events, the bizarre tale is now headed to the silver screen.
Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to a recent Wired magazine article called John McAfee’s Last Stand, with the goal of turning it into a feature film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. John Requa and Glen Ficarra, the filmmakers behind the studio’s Crazy, Stupid, Love, will write the adaptation of the Wired article, as well as direct and produce the upcoming movie. Wired publisher Conde Nast and the article’s author, Joshua Davis, will also serve as producers.
Warner Bros.’s adaptation might not be the only version of McAfee’s story to hit the big screen. A production company called Impact Future Media in December announced it had secured the exclusive intellectual property rights to McAfee’s official story, tentatively titled Running in the Background: The True Story of John McAfee.
The company said it plans to license, publish, or develop the story for use in film, print, television, and multimedia platforms.
McAfee managed to make it through the holidays without incident, but was back in the headlines in recent weeks amidst claims that he gave Belizean officials laptops infected with spyware. The latest tale certainly won’t gain him any friends among Belizean officials, who were on the hunt for the 67-year-old since the November shooting death of his neighbor, in which McAfee was wanted for questioning.
McAfee managed to elude Belizean authorities, going on the lam and illegally sneaking into Guatemala, where he was detained and expected to be deported back to Belize. Instead, McAfee managed to make it to the U.S. before the holidays, and was last known to be staying in the Beacon Hotel in Miami.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag