Zac Efron to headline upcoming comedy about John McAfee

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The early Internet security software pioneer come cryptocurrency advocate John McAfee is the basis for a new movie.

The story of John McAfee, a man who made his fortune from security software, before selling his company and finding himself in trouble with the law was previously told in the documentary Gringo: The Dangerous Life Of John McAfee. Since then, McAfee has become a vocal advocate of cryptocurrency, whilst Hollywood has been dallying with some sort of biopic of him.

Most recently, the focus of that has been a project called King Of The Jungle, that’s set to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love). A script has been put together by Ed Wood and Dolemite Is My Name scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, and Michael Keaton was set to play McAfee in the film.

But Keaton has dropped out, leaving that role empty for the minute. Furthermore, Seth Rogen was set to play the Wired journalist Ari Furman who went to interview McAfee, and found himself in the Belize jungle in McAfee’s heavily armed compound. Rogen too has dropped out, though, but the project has gained fresh fire with Zac Efron stepping into the role instead.

It’s set to be an independent movie, so it’s unclear as of yet who’s going to be distributing. But it does look as though King Of The Jungle, that’s been in development for some time, may finally be moving forward. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.


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