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Johnny to star in McAfee biopic "King of the Jungle"? No.

Unread postby FANtasticJD » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:55 pm



CAA will soon take to the town King Of The Jungle, with new client Johnny Depp attached to play computer virus magnate-turned-accused murderer John McAfee as he takes a Wired magazine writer on a darkly comic Apocalypse Now-like tour at his Belize compound, a trip filled with paranoia, machine guns, sex and murder. Glenn Ficarra & John Requa will direct a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (the pic was originally developed at Warner Bros).





With a potential writers strike looming, studios may be looking down a slew of projects in the weeks ahead, as they to avoid any disruption to their content flow. So it means that high profile projects are getting a sharper eye, and more meetings are taking place, as no one wants to be left without something to put into production while writers and Hollywood hash out a new deal. And two very high profile projects are making the rounds.

First up, Natalie Portman is attached to star in “Bronco Belle” from “The Fits” director Anna Rose Holmer. The movie will spin a “Rocky“-esque story about a female bull rider trying to make it in a male dominated field, which sounds pretty intriguing. And having already paired up with Holmer on a music video for James Blake, it’s clear Portman has found a nice creative groove with Holmer.

Next, Johnny Depp is swinging into “King Of The Jungle.” The movie by “Ed Wood” writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will tell the wild true story of computer virus magnate John McAfee, who was accused of murder, went off the grid in Brazil, and became a drug dealer, among another wild exploits. His story was detailed in the documentary “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” but it’s pretty cinematic stuff. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Focus, “Crazy Stupid Love“) are attached to direct.

Compelling stuff, and it’ll be interesting to see if these projects land deals soon.

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Unread postby Theresa » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:01 pm

Sounds interesting...and something Johnny will really enjoy doing.

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Unread postby SnoopyDances » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:10 pm

I vaguely remember this story from the news.
Didn't realize he was trying to run for president last year, too.

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Unread postby fireflydances » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:46 pm

SnoopyDances wrote: Busy guy.
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:harhar: Yeah, I had the exact, same reaction Snoopy.
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Endurance & MadRiver Launch Multi-Pic Deal With Johnny Depp’s ‘King Of The Jungle’ – Cannes

by Diana Lodderhose
May 19, 2017 6:00am
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EXCLUSIVE: After a successful collaboration on Peter Landesman’s Felt starring Liam Neeson, Endurance Media and MadRiver Pictures have inked a multi-picture co-financing and co-production deal. As part of the pact, Endurance and MadRiver will co-finance and co-produce three major titles, with the Johnny Depp-starrer King Of The Jungle to be the first film from the partnership.

MadRiver’s sales subsidiary IMR will handle foreign sales across the co-financed pictures.

King Of The Jungle is a dark comedy directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The film is based on a true story first published in Wired by Joshua Davis in an article titled “John McAfee’s Last Stand” that chronicled the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, made a fortune and then moved to the jungle in Belize.

The project is from Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver and Epic Entertainment.

“It has been wonderful dealing with Steve Richards and his partners, Peter Guber and Peter Strauss, while making Felt,” said MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan. “It was only natural to expand our relationship and collaborate further.”

Endurance Media founder and CEO Richards said: “Marc is a true professional and our two companies complement each perfectly. We are very happy to reinforce our business relationship with MadRiver Pictures. I’m looking forward to working closely with Marc and his team on King of the Jungle and the several other projects that are coming together quickly.”

Endurance is in post-production on Ron Shelton’s Villa Capri starring Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo and Tommy Lee Jones, which is set to open wide in the U.S. on November 22 through Broad Green.

IMR has a stellar lineup here in Cannes this year. The company’s sales slate includes Josef Wladyka’s Cash Truck, starring Sandra Bullock; Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix; Freak Shift, directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer; and Jennifer Aniston-starrer Dumplin’ directed by Anne Fletcher.


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Unread postby nebraska » Fri May 19, 2017 5:52 pm

There was a program about McAfee on one of those news magazine programs a week or so ago. It was quite interesting. He is a larger than life character, kind of like Hunter was. It should suit Johnny well.

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Unread postby Lbock » Sat May 20, 2017 10:06 am

Interesting article on McAfee from Wired Magazine. Think it's too long to post here.


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Unread postby Ade » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:49 pm

Not a major update but always nice to see things confirmed:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live- ... nt-1067766

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Unread postby momindeppcamp » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:55 pm

Humm, how is this coming along?
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Unread postby humiliatedgrape » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:17 pm

Looks like Michael Keaton got the role instead.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... le-1155649
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Unread postby justintime » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:15 pm

Thank you for the update, humiliatedgrape, but “ . . . got the role . . .” ? Johnny’s been attached to this project since at least March of 2017 (see excerpt from FAN’s early post below) and reinforced several times throughout the past year and a half.

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CAA will soon take to the town King Of The Jungle, with new client Johnny Depp attached to play computer virus magnate-turned-accused murderer John McAfee as he takes a Wired magazine writer on a darkly comic Apocalypse Now-like tour at his Belize compound, a trip filled with paranoia, machine guns, sex and murder. Glenn Ficarra & John Requa will direct a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (the pic was originally developed at Warner Bros).

Personally, the more I read about it the less enthusiasm I had for it, but with so much undeserved project-related negative press falling at Johnny’s doorstep these days (bad initial reviews for Richard Says Goodbye - viewers had barely left the ZFF theater before Variety had its drum-beating, scathing but official review online; Pirates - who knows what’s true?; the still unresolved COL onset assault issue; the SUN lawsuit; and now London Fields cavalierly being referred to as a “Johnny Depp Disaster”), I’m wary of anything that could be twisted to slap him around some more.
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Unread postby SnoopyDances » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:45 pm

humiliatedgrape wrote:Looks like Michael Keaton got the role instead.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... le-1155649

Interesting they are calling it a comedy.
The plot does sound a bit twisted, but to make a comedy out of someone's murder? :perplexed3:
Maybe I'm missing something.

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Unread postby FANtasticJD » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:26 pm

John McAfee personally campaigned for them to replace JD. From the sounds of it, it's good that he's out of the project.
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Unread postby meeps » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:36 pm

Why did McAfee object to Johnny playing him ???

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Unread postby SnoopyDances » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:51 pm

meeps wrote:Why did McAfee object to Johnny playing him ???

I guess he worried that Johnny's press might somehow tarnish McAfee's pristine image. :bigwink:


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