The ongoing story of John McAfee, the inventor of the McAfee anti-virus, is getting the big-screen treatment.
Warner Bros has picked up the rights to Wired magazine article John McAfee’s Last Stand written by Joshua Davis, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The filmmakers behind the studio’s Crazy, Stupid, Love, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, will adapt the article.
Requa and Ficarra will write, direct and produce. Also producing are Wired publisher Conde Nast Entertainment and Davis.
McAfee was an anti-virus pioneer -- his name is still on the popular computer protection software – who at one point was worth $100 million. In the fall of 2012, he went on the lam in Belize, where he was living, after police officials sought to question him in connection with the murder of an American expatriate neighbor.
McAfee said in interviews he believed the police were trying to kill him. In a blog post earlier this month, he wrote the Belize was training Lebanese terrorists in a bizarre partnership with Hezbollah.
He was found in Guatemala and, after a series of bizarre events, including him faking a heart attack, was deported to the U.S. McAfee was never charged with a crime and has since surfaced in Portland where, according to the Willamette Week, he will live while he collaborates with artist Chad Essley on a graphic novel about his life.
Requa and Ficarra have a predisposition for off beat tales that blend many tones. In addition to Crazy, Stupid, Love, the duo wrote Bad Santa and wrote and directed I Love you Phillip Morris. They are now working on Focus, a heist project with Kristen Stewart attached.