Here is a casting pairing that you likely never thought you’d see. Michael Keaton and Seth Rogen are teaming up and will star in King Of The Jungle, which will chronicle the true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee, the creator of McAfee anti-virus software.
Keaton will play McAfee, who cashed in his fortune, left civilisation, and moved to the Belize jungle where he built a compound of guns, sex and madness. Rogen will portray Ari Furman, an investigator for Wired magazine who thought he was going to Belize for a regular interview with McAfee, only to find himself pulled into McAfee’s strange new reality of paranoia and murder.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Ed Wood) have penned the screenplay based on Joshua Davis‘ Wired Magazine article, while Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) are on board to direct.
While it might seem like an odd fit for Ficarra and Requa, they also helmed another stranger-than-fiction true life story – I Love You, Philip Morris – which balanced its fascinating source material with heart and dark humour, so if they can bring a similar vibe to King Of The Jungle, this will turn out to be a good hire.
The duo have also penned the screenplay for DC’s upcoming (though potentially in-limbo) Joker/Harley Quinn movie that is currently in development.
King Of The Jungle doesn’t have a studio yet, and will be sold at the upcoming American Film Market. It is the latest real-life article to be adapted into a feature film, after Ben Affleck and Matt Damon recently signed on to adapt a feature based on The Daily Beast’s article about a national Monopoly scam, along with Elizabeth Banks‘ film about a maid winning a date with Prince.