The incredible story of the life and death of John McAfee – who died in 2021 – is getting the feature doc treatment on Netflix.
The streamer has placed an order Running With The Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee from London-based Curious Films, marks their Netflix debut.
The original computer genius turned rogue, McAfee famously invented one of the most successful – and hated – pieces of software of all time with McAfee Anti-Virus. At his peak, he was worth $100 million. But when his neighbor is killed, he runs – cashing in his fortune, leaving civilization and moving to the jungles of Belize, where he builds a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness. But he invited a film crew to join him.
Claiming that he is running for his life and being chased by armed men, McAfee and the film crew travel deep into the rainforest, across international borders, across a jungle river in Guatemala and through the Bahamas on in a boat full of weapons, drugs and alcohol. , trying to stay one step ahead of their alleged pursuers.
With exclusive access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen McAfee footage and in-depth accounts from the people who know him best, Running With The Devil The producers are calling it the “true story” of a larger-than-life character, a man who runs for President, breaks out of prison multiple times, and claims to have hacked the world.
“Running With The Devil: The Wild Words of John McAfee a story more than 10 years in the making, it’s a stranger-than-fiction story like no other, about a powerful man who lives his real life like a high-octane Hollywood movie — and its consequences for those closest to him,” said Dov Freedman, co-founder of Curious Films. “We are very proud to tell this incredible story for the first time for Netflix.”
Running With The Devil not the first part of the doc about McAfee. Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, by Nanette Burstein and centered on the Belize side of McAfee’s life, premiered in Toronto in 2016. Meanwhile, more narrative features are in the works. In 2018, Seth Rogan and Michael Keaton were announced as the leads King of the Jungledirected by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the duo behind 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. Zac Efron later joined the project, replacing Rogan, at STX Films in negotiations, but little has been heard of it since then. Last year, Plan Against the President Director Amanda Milius’ AMDC Films has acquired film and TV rights to Mark Eglinton’s book No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes with plans to produce a feature narrative film as well as an accompanying documentary.
Watch the trailer for Running With The Devil: The Wild Words of John McAfee below: