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Rakontur, Spike team up for McAfee docuseries

The McAfee Project will shed light on the "incredibly twisted, complicated yet utterly fascinating" story of tech pioneer John McAfee and his role in an international murder mystery.
July 9, 2015

Miami-based prodco rakontur (Cocaine Cowboys, The Tanning of America) is producing a six-part docuseries for Spike TV focusing on tech pioneer John McAfee and the bizarre twist of events that saw him become a “person of interest” in a Central American manhunt.

The McAfee Project (w/t), helmed by rakontur’s Billy Corben, will center around McAfee’s first-person interviews, covering periods ranging from the formation of his computer security company McAfee & Associates and the development of the anti-virus technology that built his empire, to his emergence as a person of interest, but not a suspect, in a search for the murder of his neighbor in Belize in 2012.

The latter development saw McAfee flee to Guatemala where he fought against extradition to Belize, claiming police and drug cartels there were out to kill him. McAfee, who was never charged, was eventually deported to the U.S., while his Belize home was razed to the ground by a fire.

The tech mogul has since founded Future Tense Central, a security and privacy company.

The McAfee Project will also feature first-person interviews with those close to McAfee as well as reenactments of pivotal events in his life. It begins shooting this summer for a 2016 air date.

“The incredibly twisted, complicated yet utterly fascinating story of John McAfee has never been told on television,” said Sharon Levy, Spike’s executive vice president, original series, in a statement. “It’s more than just a murder mystery, but a story of the man who invented modern day paranoia and injected his manufactured paranoia into the cultural zeitgeist.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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