Yes, John McAfee's life will be made into a movie

Do you remember when we first mentioned that John McAfee’s life sounded more like a movie than reality? The man moved to Belize, was accused of manufacturing drugs (penicillin, apparently), found his neighbor dead, is wanted for “questioning” in that murder, was allegedly arrested at the Mexico/Belize border, only to find out that it wasn’t him but was instead his body double delaying the authorities so he could escape, really escaped to Guatemala, held a press conference, was arrested for illegally entering Guatemala, allegedly had a heart attack while incarcerated in Guatemala, and then wanted to return to the United States. Whew…

Well it looks like Impact Future Media agrees that this is better than any script Hollywood could write and have purchased the rights for the official John McAfee story, tentatively titled, “Running in the Background: The True Story of John McAfee.”  This includes the rights for not only a movie, but also film, books, and multimedia. François Garcia, CEO and Co-Founder of Impact Future Media, is excited about the opportunity.

“We are very excited about working with John McAfee, on this initiative. Mr. McAfee has entrusted us with his life story, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously. We will work tirelessly to make certain that his story is shared with the proper industry partners.”

While the press release doesn’t give any specific details on the format or even a release date, we’re not surprised to see a company swoop in to purchase the rights. The only question that remains is: Who will play John McAfee?

Source: Impact Future Media | Image via Guatemala's National Police/AP

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As far as I can tell, Impact Future Media just has the media rights. They are the small Canadian company that's publishing "The Hinterlands" the forthcoming graphic novel about John McAfee by cartoonist Chad Essley.

Whether or not IFM actually produces a movie or flips the rights to someone else remains to be seen. Keep in mind that most stories which get optioned don't actually become movies.

Mr. McAfee has led--and continues to lead--an interesting life and there would probably be quite a few people who would want to watch a movie of it. I'm sure Robert Downey, Jr., Viggo Mortensen, Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves or Gary Sinise would make a fine John McAfee, but I'm unsure of whether any of those stars would want to be involved in what's likely to be a small--by Hollywood standards--production.


Aryeh Goretsky

Does not even interest me in the slightest!

I can't believe this is even news anymore and it's all over the place too!

- Kaboose - said,

That indeed looks like a pressure on justice. Usually the one who pushes own stories is guilty.

If it's made like a jason bourne/taken ish thriller with the realism of Takedown (computer wise), it could work very well I love movies with computer hacking, but there are so few of them, and even fewer ones have realistic computers shells/interfaces.

I doubt that I will see it if it does get made. It will probably all be blamed on the one armed man and feature a train cop who looks suspiciously like a Janitor

What a boring story that would make, the film will be bloated, require additional viewings to see the whole film, will probably stall half way through and be full of ads that it cannot block and everyone will walk out at the end full of the cold, headaches and all sorts of illnesses

Stories like this have a pretty bad end, usually a suicide in prison or he will be murdered outside. From what I read on the web there's more than we know behind his story - pharmaceutical industry involved....etc. I feel very sorry for him, John should go back in US, get rid of the very young girlfriend and clean-up his messy life adventure.

I'm sure the whole thing is fiction as a pre-cursor to this movie anyway. It's kind of a giveaway that the whole thing is fiction when none of the government departments 'involved' have any record of any of this actually happening.

Simon- said,
I'm sure the whole thing is fiction as a pre-cursor to this movie anyway. It's kind of a giveaway that the whole thing is fiction when none of the government departments 'involved' have any record of any of this actually happening.

Citation needed.

really? than we going have a movie about Norton founder too? How norton sucked major balls for couple of years... smh I'm definitely pirating this.