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.