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Depp to star in film as McAfee antivirus software inventor

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/15/2017
In this combination photo, actor Johnny Depp, left, appears at the premiere of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" on May 23, 2016, in Los Angeles. and anti-virus software founder John McAfee appears in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Fla., on Dec 12, 2012 after being deported from Guatemala, where he had sought refuge to evade police questioning in the killing of a man in neighboring Belize. Depp is set to star in “King of the Jungle,” a dark comedy about McAfee, the eccentric inventor of McAfee Antivirus software. Condé Nast Entertainment said Sunday, May 14, 2017, that the story is based on a Wired magazine article about the tech titan who left the business to live an isolated existence in the Belize jungle. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, right, and Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press In this combination photo, actor Johnny Depp, left, appears at the premiere of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" on May 23, 2016, in Los Angeles. and anti-virus software founder John McAfee appears in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Fla., on Dec 12, 2012 after being deported from Guatemala, where he had sought refuge to evade police questioning in the killing of a man in neighboring Belize. Depp is set to star in “King of the Jungle,” a dark comedy about McAfee, the eccentric inventor of McAfee Antivirus software. Condé Nast Entertainment said Sunday, May 14, 2017, that the story is based on a Wired magazine article about the tech titan who left the business to live an isolated existence in the Belize jungle. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, right, and Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp is set to star in "King of the Jungle," a dark comedy about the eccentric inventor of McAfee Antivirus software, John McAfee.

Condé Nast Entertainment said Sunday that the story is based on a Wired magazine article about the tech titan who left the business to live an isolated existence in the Belize jungle.

From "Ed Wood" screenwriting team Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, "King of the Jungle" will follow the reporter assigned to write about the paranoid McAfee.

"King of the Jungle" will be directed by "Crazy. Stupid. Love" directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. International and domestic distribution rights are up for sale at the Cannes Film Festival.

Depp can be seen next in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," out May 26.

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