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Johnny Depp to star in computer comedy King of the Jungle

Johnny Depp in Public Enemies

Story by Jack Foley

JOHNNY Depp is to star in King of the Jungle, a dark comedy based on the true story of John McAfee, creator of the McAfee Antivirus software.

Based on the article John McAfee’s Last Stand, the film will follow McAfee as he cashed-in his fortune, left civilization and moved to the jungle in Belize.

Once there, he set-up a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness.

The film will see a Wired magazine investigator accept what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill assignment to interview McAfee, only to find himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia, slippery reality and murder once he arrives in Belize.

The film will be co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will direct from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Tabloid problems aside, Depp has been extremely busy with work of late. He will soon be seen in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, while further upcoming films include Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express, Miramax’s Labyrinth and Warner Bros.’ sequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.

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