My first reaction to this whole saga of fugitive John McAfee was that it sounded like some kind of movie, and a damn good one too. Well truth is stranger than fiction as we now we have confirmation from the Hollywood Reporter that this will probably end up as just that – a movie. A deal was made last week with a Montreal-based TV producer named Impact Future Media. McAfee is currently detained in Guatemala and is fighting to avoid deportation to Belize and questioning in a murder case there. The project is currently titled “Running in the Background: The True Story of John McAfee”. The story is being prepped for investment and partnerships for film, print and television.
“We are very excited about working with John McAfee, on this initiative,” stated François Garcia, CEO and Co-founder of Impact Future Media. “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.”
“He (McAfee) trusts that we will honor his life story in an honest and truthful manner,” Fitzgerald told The Hollywood Reporter in an email statement on Monday.
What a story this could be, there’s so much this could even be a trilogy. Starting with his amazing background story of a computer programmer to entrepreneur then founder of one of the top antivirus companies in the business, the tale starts out like a great American success story. Things start to take an ever stranger turn however in the years after he left the company. Starting with a free-wheeling, nonstop, free-for-all lifestyle that only a multi-multi-millionaire could enjoy, McAfee wandered from adventure to adventure – sort of like a Richard Branson but without a company as he reportedly burned through much of his fortune. He relocates to Belize where he founds a new venture in the field of bacterial quorum sensing.
As the story continues, what reportedly happens is so sensational that it is difficult to tell how much of it is real. It is filled with reports of guns, weapons, sex, drugs, sex drugs, a secluded exotic beach hideaway, psychedelic drugs, inexplicable paranoid episodes, and a very public telling of it all on various webpages by McAfee himself. It all ultimately unravels with a murder and an escape then life on the run. His location betrayed by EXIF information in a picture that was publicly posted of him, he now sits in custody of Guatemalan authorities, awaiting and resisting extradition to Belize. He has recently stated his desire to return to the U.S. and apparently wants a “normal life”. It will be interesting to see what McAfee’s side of all these stories end up being.
“My most heartfelt thank you goes to Impact Future Media and Cartoon Monkey Studio,” McAfee said in a statement issued by the Canadian-based producer on Monday.
“Their dedication to the truth is very uncommon in the world we live in today. I am now, and will always be grateful to their organizations,” McAfee added.