As if John McAfee’s tale hasn’t been retold enough times in the last month, the antivirus pioneer has sold the rights to his life story.
Impact Future Media announced yesterday that McAfee has provided to the company the exclusive intellectual property rights to his official story, tentatively titled Running in the Background: The True Story of John McAfee.
McAfee fans can look forward to multiple opportunities to learn more about the mogul (and murder suspect) as the company plans to license, publish, or develop his story for use among film, print, television, and multimedia platforms.
“Mr. McAfee has entrusted us with his life story, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously,” Impact Future Media CEO François Garcia said in a statement. “We will work tirelessly to make certain that his story is shared with the proper industry partners.”
Impact Future Media also represents Chad Essley, founder of CartoonMonkey Studio, and close friend and official cartoonist to McAfee, according to the company.
“My most heartfelt thank you goes to Impact Future Media and CartoonMonkey Studio,” McAfee said in a statement. “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.”
Essley also serves as the webmaster for McAfee’s blog, which has been chronicling the entrepreneur’s bizarre, globe-trotting tale. It began in November when the 67-year-old tycoon was named as a suspect in the shooting of his Belizean neighbor Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American expatriate.
McAfee is currently being held in a Guatemalan detention center since his arrest last week for illegally entering the country. He held a virtual news conference this weekend, addressing questions about Faull, drugs, and his hopeful plans for the future. “I simply would like to live comfortably day-by-day,” he said. “Fish, swim, enjoy my declining years.”
Perhaps lie on the beach, reading a tell-all story about his life?
There is no word on when the McAfee will hit theaters, TVs, or bookshelves, or who will pen the tale. But the public has a few thoughts on who could portray the now-famous mug in a made-for-TV movie. Ex-hacker Kevin Mitnick took to Twitter Monday, posing the question, and garnered responses including Sacha Baron Cohen, Billy Bob Thornton, Gary Oldman, and Gary Busey.
Montreal-based Impact Future Media also represents projects like TV series High on Tuna, Smuggler the game (based on “Boston” George Jung), and animated series Flatrock.
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