Michael Keaton (‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ ‘Birdman,’ ‘Batman’) and Seth Rogen (‘Zeroville,’ ‘Like Father,’ ‘The Disaster Artist’) have been tapped to lead ‘King of the Jungle,’ a dark comedy about the “true story” of eccentric software millionaire John McAfee.
With John Requa and Glenn Ficarra directing, the film is based on an account that appeared in a 2012 edition of Wired magazine, and tells the wild true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee (Keaton), creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune, left civilization, and moved to the jungle in Belize. There, he set-up a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness.
In the film,Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman (Rogen) accepts what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill assignment to interview McAfee, but once he arrives in Belize, he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia, slippery reality, and murder.
Producers on the movie include Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment; Zaftig Films’ Charlie Gogolak; Ficarra and Requa; MadRiver’s Marc Butan; Endurance Media’s Steve Richards; and Joshua Davis over at Epic Media.