Canadian producers Impact Future Media and Equinoxe Films are partnering on a John McAfee biopic tentatively titled “Running in the Background.”
The companies said they will produce and distribute the movie, adapted from the personal memoirs of McAfee. Impact said it had obtained McAfee’s life rights in December.
Variety reported on Jan. 11 that another McAfee project was in the works at Warner Bros., with the studio in final negotiations to acquire feature rights to Joshua Davis’ recent Wired magazine article “John McAfee’s Last Stand.” The “Crazy Stupid Love” team of John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will write, direct and produce through their Zaftig Films banner; Wired publisher Conde Nast Entertainment also produces.
McAfee developed the first commercial anti-virus program at McAfee Associates in the late 1980s and left the company in 1994. He was sought in Belize last year for questioning in the murder of an American expatriate neighbor, fled to Guatemala and was deported to the U.S. on Dec. 12.
Impact said the movie project begins with McAfee’s childhood and continues through to current day.
“John McAfee has entrusted us with his life story, and it was essential that we find the right partners to help bring this quality project to the bigscreen,” said Francois Garcia, co-founder of Impact.
Michael Mosca and Francesca Visconti will produce with Impact under Equinoxe Film’s production arm Starling Road Prods. Equinoxe will handle distribution in Canada.
“Although Mr. McAfee’s recent adventures have been widely publicized, the surface has barely been scratched regarding his life story,” Mosca said.
Mosca’s credits include “Winnie,” starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard; “A Fish Story”; and “Guillotine.”
The companies said the film is budgeted at $28 million and that Hawaii and Puerto Rico have been considered as potential locations.
Impact said its current projects include feature film “Rum Runners: The Life of Joseph Bey,” TV series “High on Tuna: The Adventures of George Jung” and a co-production with Cartoon Monkey Studio, “The Hinterland,” described as an animated documentary and graphic novel that’s narrated by McAfee and created and directed and by Chad Essley.