Software security pioneer John McAfee, 67, has dominated computer screens around the world, and now he’ll be gracing a different screen altogether as the subject of a new Warner Bros movie. But this is no ordinary biopic. Sure, the tech exec is a recovering cocaine addict who found spiritual enlightenment and the joys of yoga, but this isn’t a redemption story about a flawed character who makes good. McAfee’s tale is an unbelievable thrill ride that will have you on the edge of your seat in what is destined to be the year’s best action flick! (Did I miss any film critic clichés there?)
McAfee’s story is a real doozy: After his neighbor was found murdered, the tech exec and his 20-year-old girlfriend went on the lam, leaving behind their affluent Belize home and embarking on a whirlwind journey across borders that, says McAfee, involved “running through jungles and rivers and oceans.” (It reportedly even included antics like faking a heart attack, to escape detection.) Ultimately, he was apprehended in Guatemala and deported to the U.S., but not before taking to the Webs to accuse Belize authorities of bribery and blackmail. According to a Wired article, “John McAfee’s Last Stand,” he claims to have been pressured to pay $2 million dollars to make the matter go away, and his refusal was what supposedly sent him on the run.
Representatives from Belize vehemently deny this, as well as the notion that McAfee is a suspect in the murder.
Warner Brothers bought the rights to the Wired article, and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (I Love You Phillip Morris, Bad Santa and Crazy, Stupid, Love) are slated to write and direct.
Seems Belize is still a sticking point for McAfee. Despite being hard at work on a autobiographical graphic novel, he still found time this month to write a blog accusing authorities of training Lebanese Hezbollah terrorists.