Zac Efron Set to Lead King of the Jungle

Zac Efron set to steer King of the Jungle

It’s been a rocky street for the movie adaptation of WIRED journal “John McAfee’s Last Stand,” however manufacturing appears to be getting again on observe after two years of standing nonetheless with Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman) signing on to star as Ari Furman in King of the Jungle.

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The movie, written by duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Dolemite is My Name) and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), tells the wild true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee, creator of the McAfee Antivirus software program, who cashed-in his fortune, left civilization and moved to the jungle in Belize.  There, he arrange a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of weapons, intercourse and insanity.  In the movie, WIRED journal investigator Ari Furman (Efron) accepts what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill task to interview McAfee, however as soon as he arrives in Belize, he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia, slippery actuality and homicide.

The undertaking comes from Condé Nast Entertainment, Ficarra and Requa’s Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures and Epic Entertainment, with STX Films in negotiations for the home rights and MadRiver International persevering with gross sales on the AFM subsequent week. 

Efron lately starred within the Fox field workplace hit The Greatest Showman reverse Hugh Jackman and earned rave opinions for his portrayal of Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile for Netflix.   Efron will voice Fred Jones in Scoob, Warner Bros. feature-length animated movie based mostly on the favored Scooby-Doo cartoon.

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Though the writers and administrators have been hooked up to the undertaking for years, a part of its languishing in developmental hell has spawned from casting, with earlier makes an attempt seeing Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Seth Rogen (Long Shot) and Michael Keaton (Spider-Man: Homecoming) hooked up, however all fell by way of.

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