Michael Keaton will go rogue in King of the Jungle, according to a Deadline report. Keaton and Seth Rogen will star in the dark comedy based on the absurdly true story of McAfee Antivirus software creator John McAfee. Keaton will star as McAfee while Rogen will play Wired investigator Ari Furman.
McAfee was a tech genius who created the popular antivirus software, cashed-in his fortune, and left modern civilization to live in the jungles of Belize. Even though the story is about a computer programmer, the story involves a ton of guns, sex, and murder. Furman traveled to Central America to interview the reclusive tech giant for Wired only to get wrapped up in McAfee’s craziness. The script is based off the Wired magazine article John McAfee’s Last Stand and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Johnny Depp was originally attached to star as McAfee, but McAfee apparently lobbied against the casting. According to a tweet, he wanted Morgan Freeman to play him (who he claims refused). The Keaton casting ensures a heightened level of comedy that the Birdman star has proven he can deliver. Both Keaton and Rogen will go dark directly after starring in films for Disney films. Rogen voiced the role of Pumba for the upcoming Lion King reboot. Keaton will be seen in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo.
My lobbying against Johnny Depp, Who was picked https://t.co/hKoS5JAhy9 me in “King of the Jungle”, worked. I refused to work with Depp. Replaced by Michael Keaton. My hope was for Morgan Freeman (seriously). He refused. Seth Rogan also has a part.https://t.co/0VjRvRgMsN
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 27, 2018