Green and Black drawn to 'The Barefoot Bandit'

Friday, 23 July 2010 08:51 Written by  Eric Walkuski
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Colton Harris-Moore

According to Variety, Dustin Lance Black - an Oscar-winner for his Milk screenplay - has been set to pen the screenplay for 20th Century Fox's film about infamous 19-year-old outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, a.k.a. the Barefoot Bandit (pictured), while David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is in final talks to direct. Talk about a colorful duo! (That was bad, I'm sorry.)

The Colton Harris-Moore saga may be unknown to most, and perhaps that's because it's still playing out. Long story short: After growing up in a turbulent household, Harris-Moore was committing crimes by the age of twelve. Petty at first, they eventually grew in scale and ambition. He stole planes and boats - not possessing a license to drive either - and was dubbed "The Barefoot Bandit" after police found bare footprints at the scene of one of his thefts. He became an unlikely folk hero on Facebook, with “Run Colton Run" being the rallying cry of his supporters. He's seen as less a heartless outlaw and more just a clever kid trying to survive on his own. (Sometimes he would simply shower or use the computer after breaking into a residence.)

A few weeks ago, Harris-Moore was arrested, putting a pretty nice cap on his story (although maybe not, as he broke out of a group home in 2008). He's currently only 19 years old, and yet he's at risk of prosecution for more than 70 crimes across eight states and in three countries.

That's a movie, folks, perhaps not unlike Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can.

Fox bought the rights to the book "Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw", based on a proposal by Bob Friel, back in April, obviously before Harris-Moore was apprehended. Now, with his wild journey seemingly at an end, the search for a young actor to bring him to the silver screen begins...

Source: Variety

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