Seth Rogen, Michael Keaton Board John McAfee Comedy 'King of the Jungle'
The film is based on the Wired magazine article about the tech entrepreneur's self-imposed exile in the jungles of Belize.
Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton are teaming up for King of the Jungle, a comedy based on the "wild true story" of rogue tech magnate John McAfee.
The film — which will be offered to buyers at the upcoming AFM — is being directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris) from a script by Golden Globe and Emmy winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Based on Joshua Davis' Wired magazine article “John McAfee’s Last Stand,” the pic will tell the story of how McAfee (Keaton), creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, cashed in his fortune, left civilization and moved to the jungle in Belize. There, he set up a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness. In the film, Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman (Rogen) accepts what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill assignment to interview McAfee, but once he arrives in Belize, he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia, slippery reality and murder.
King of the Jungle hails from Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures and Endurance Media, who have come on board to co-finance, and Epic Entertainment. The film will be produced by Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment; Zaftig’s Charlie Gogolak; Glenn Ficarra and John Requa; MadRiver’s Marc Butan; Endurance’s Steve Richards; and Epic’s Joshua Davis.
IMR International will introduce the project to foreign buyers at the AFM next week. CAA reps U.S. rights.
Rogen is repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment LA; Keaton is repped by ICM Partners and Ziffren Brittenham.