Filmmaking duo tackling biopic of anti-virus pioneer.
Variety has learned that Warner Bros. has tapped ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra to write, direct and produce a biopic of eccentric software millionaire John McAfee based on Joshua Davis’ recent Wired magazine article ‘John McAfee’s Last Stand.’
A former NASA programmer, McAfee is the software guru who developed the first commercial anti-virus program. The 67-year-old British-American sold his company for $7 million in 2010 and relocated to Belize. In 2012, the Silicon Valley legend went on the lam after becoming the prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate and neighbour Gregory Viant Faull. McAfee was discovered in Guatemala when he was denied political asylum. While at a detention centre, he allegedly faked a heart attack in order to give his attorney time to file a series of appeals that prevented his deportation to Belize. He was finally deported to the U.S. on December 12th.
Requa and Ficarra, who are busy prepping their gambling feature ‘Focus,’ will produce the McAfee biopic through their Zaftig Films banner with Wired publisher Conde Nast Entertainment also producing.