The larger-than-life exploits of one of America's most notorious tech tycoons may soon be getting the Hollywood treatment, The Atlantic Wire reports.
McAfee, 67, has been on the run in South America since neighbor Gregory Faull was shot to death near McAfee’s Belize home on Nov. 11. The media-savvy millionaire was recently arrested in Guatemala and is facing deportation to Belize, where he is a person of interest in the Faull investigation.
He has apparently sold the rights to his story to Montreal-based TV producer Impact Future Media, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“[McAfee] trusts that we will honor his life story in an honest and truthful manner,” Honolulu-based Brian Fitzgerald, co-founder of the TV production company, told The Hollywood Reporter in an email statement.
McAfee's weeks of international intrigue -- broadcast around the world via Twitter and his personal blog -- really do seem suited for the silver screen. His exploits include burying his dogs after claiming they were poisoned by police officers, creating and wearing various disguises (including one that required sticking a tampon up his nose), and sending a look-alike over the Mexican border with a North Korean passport, The Register reports.
According to The Atlantic Wire, Impact Future Media is looking for investors for the project, tentatively titled "Running in the Background: The True Story of John McAfee." The company said they hope to exploit his life story across film, print and TV.
"We are very excited about working with John McAfee, on this initiative,” François Garcia, CEO and Co-founder of Impact Future Media said in a statement posted online. “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.”
Also on the website was a statement from McAfee himself.
“My most heartfelt thank you goes to Impact Future Media and Cartoon Monkey Studio,” the statement reads. “Their dedication to the truth is very uncommon in the world we Impact Future Media live in today. I am now, and will always be grateful to their organizations.”
Meanwhile, McAfee remains in Guatemala, where he has filed a series of appeals with the local government to avoid deportation, CNET notes. He still hopes to return home to the U.S.
"My goal is to get back to America as soon as possible," McAfee told Reuters. "I wish I could just pack my bags and go to Miami."