UPDATE: The Barefoot Bandit film is afoot, it seems. Colton Harris-Moore, the teen who gained cult status (complete with websites and T-shirts) for a two-year, nine-state crime spree that included stealing airplanes and cars before he was finally caught in July 2010, has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox worth as much as $1.3 million for motion picture and ancillary rights. The money, according to Seattle-based entertainment attorney Lance Rosen, who made the deal, will go toward the minimum $1.4 million restitution Harris-Moore owes his victims — they get paid only if Fox exercises its options.
This is the Rough House Pictures project that Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was hired to write, and now the Barefoot Bandit’s own account will be weaved into the existing script. Rough House’s David Gordon Green, now in post on Fox’s The Sitter, has been attached to direct, and the company’s Matt Reilly is executive producing. Harris-Moore currently is behind bars awaiting federal sentencing in October that could land the 20-year-old 10 years in jail, and he has yet to face state charges. “I am humbled to know I can now help the people I hurt, at least for the financial damage I caused them,” Harris-Moore wrote in a statement released by his attorneys. “I have absolutely zero interest in profiting from any of this and I won’t make a dime off it. It all goes to restitution. That’s what I insisted on from the beginning and the contract I signed guarantees it.”