Three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp is set to star in King of the Jungle, a dark comedy to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from a script by Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski that is based on a true story first published in Condé Nast’s Wired by Joshua Davis. The film is from Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures, and Epic Entertainment.
Based on the Wired magazine article “John McAfee’s Last Stand” by Joshua Davis, the film tells the wild true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee, 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, a Wired magazine investigator 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.