Johnny Depp Headlines McAfee Biopic KING OF THE JUNGLE

The folks over at Deadline have word that Johnny Depp has signed on to portray eccentric software millionaire John McAfee in the John Requa and Glenn Ficarra-directed biopic ‘King of the Jungle.’

Based on an account that appeared in a 2012 edition of Wired magazine, the film follows the computer virus magnate-turned-accused murderer as he takes a Wired magazine writer on a darkly comic Apocalypse Now-like tour at his Belize compound, a trip filled with paranoia, machine guns, sex and murder.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (‘The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’) are penning the script, with Requa and Ficarra producing via Zaftig Films. Wired publisher Conde Nast Entertainment will co-produce.

Depp will next be seen reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge,’ hitting Irish cinemas May 26th.