'Crazy Stupid Love' Duo Plans Film on Software Giant John McAfee
If you follow tech news at all, you've probably seen some wild stories involving software developer John McAfee (of McAfee Antivirus) unfold over the last couple of months. Murder accusations and drug charges led police to storm into McAfee's compound in Belize, and that's just the a small part of the sordid story. Writer Joshua Davis chronicled the entire saga at Wired Magazine, and now Variety reports that Warner Bros. thinks the story is fit for the big screen, setting Davis as a producer and hiring Crazy, Stupid, Love helmers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra as writers, directors, and producers on this untitled project.
McAfee, 66, fled to Belize after losing millions in the economic collapse, and made international headlines when he ran from police to avoid being questioned about the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull. You can read the entire detailed Wired article here, but the whole thing definitely seems strange enough to fill a two hour movie. It's unclear whether the film will chronicle McAfee's rise as a young NASA programmer and antivirus pioneer, or just focus on the more wild developments of the past couple months, but it's interesting that Warner Bros. gave this job to Requa and Ficarra.
Crazy, Stupid, Love made a lot of money for the studio but doesn't exactly share similar subject matter with this story, but if you recall that these guys also directed the 2009 film I Love You Philip Morris, Warner Bros.' choice makes a bit more sense. The duo is also directing the con artist movie Focus, starring Kristen Stewart (but without Ben Affleck), so it looks like they're becoming a go-to filmmaking team for Warner Bros. and hopefully they can make this biopic as interesting and entertaining as McAfee's real life. Cool?
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McAfee was also involved in the production of Bath Salts while in Belize and was accused of man slaughter while flying with his friends whom crashed and died using the planes he provided (shown in the above picture). Joe Rogan had him on recently and it's a fascinating interview of a man who's very much in denial and seems to be full of paranoia.
Matt Peloquin on Jan 14, 2013
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