Our film incubation period appears to be disappearing.
Sure, scripts are still written, packaged, sold off to who knows where and readapted five years later, but the trend seems to be toward rapid releases following big news events and alarmingly popular books.
The rights to risque bestseller "Fifty Shades of Gray" were scooped up by Universal in March, a few months shy of the book's one-year publishing anniversary.
You might ask yourself what current event would make a perfect screenplay--where, embellished by Hollywood, a wrongly accused (so we're led to believe), libertine protagonist runs all over a foreign land trumpeting his innocence and hiding from bloodthirsty police.
This synopsis should sound familiar, because it's the "plight" of anti-virus software king John McAfee in Belize, who, it transpired Monday, has sold the rights to his story to a Montreal-based TV production company.
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, McAfee entrusted Impact Future Media with his story because he feels the company will "honor his life story in an honest and truthful manner."
The film is tentatively titled "Running in the Background: The Story of John McAfee." Impact says it hopes to recount the wanted expatriate's tale across film, print, and TV. The company is still seeking investors and production partners.
McAfee, according to the Reporter, is linked to Impact through one of the company's clients, cartoonist Chad Essley, who also does cartoon work for McAfee's website whoismcafee.com, the home of his intrepid fugitive yarns.
That escapade ended last week when the 67-year-old American was arrested for illegally entering Guatemala, where he was hoping to receive asylum.
Neither Guatemalan nor U.S. authorities have granted McAfee any assistance, which means he'll be sent back to Belize for questioning in the shooting death of his neighbor in that country.
Throughout his odyssey, McAfee has maintained his innocence, claiming he'll be harmed if detained in Belize. Officials in that country, including President Dean Barrow, remain flummoxed by McAfee's accusations, questioning his mental state and noting that he's only wanted for questioning.