Zac Efron is attached to star in the comedy biopic “King of the Jungle” which deals with tech magnate John McAfee, inventor of the famed McAfee Antivirus software.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penned the true story tale based on a Wired article about how McAfee cashed-in his fortune, left civilization, and moved to the jungle in Belize – setting up a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of ‘guns, sex and madness’.
Efron plays Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman who accepts an interview assignment with McAfee and soon finds himself pulled into escalating paranoia, slippery reality, and murder.
Johnny Depp and Michael Keaton were previously linked to the McAfee role, while Seth Rogen was up for the Furman role last year. McAfee is currently uncast.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) are directing and will produce alongside Dawn Ostroff, Jeremy Steckler, Charlie Gogolak and Joshua Davis. Filming is set to begin in early 2020.
Source: The Wrap