King of the Jungle is to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the filmmaking duo known for Crazy Stupid Love, Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and written by Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, and American Crime Story scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
As reported by Deadline, the picture will be based on the Wired magazine article “John McAfee’s Last Stand” by Joshua Davis (a fascinating read, which you can find in full right HERE) and will tell of how magazine investigator Ari Furman (Rogen) took an assignment to interview McAfee, who had quit the business and taken off to live in the jungle in Belize. Furman finds the tech magnate living in a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness. What Furman thought would be a run-of-the-mill interview soon changes into a lot more, as he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia, unhinged reality, and murder.
Johnny Depp was originally attached to star in the project when it was announced last year, but has since fallen off. Having stars Rogen and Keaton on board certainly bodes well for the picture, which Ficarra and Requa will also be producing alongside Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Film’s Charlie Gogolak, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan, Endurance Media’s Steve Richards, and Epic Magazine’s Joshua Davis.
Rogen will soon be seen opposite Charlize Theron in the comedy Flarsky (June 2019) and heard as Pumbaa in Jon Favreau’s The Lion King (July 2019). Keaton also has a Disney reboot on the way with Tim Burton’s Dumbo (March 2019) and will be seen reprising his role as Adrian Toomes / Vulture in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home.