'Barefoot Bandit' signs movie deal to repay victims

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Colton Harris-Moore’s story is a modern-day folktale. His headline-grabbing, two-year long series of burglaries and thefts that stretched from the Caribbean all the way to Canada begged for a big screen adaption even before his July 2010 capture in the Bahamas, and now he’s signed with 20th Century Fox to sell the rights to his life story for $1.3 million.

But he won’t see a dime of it.

In a deal overseen by federal prosecutors, the contract stipulates that all the money Harris-Moore earns from the adaptation go toward the restitution for the victims of his crimes. “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. “That’s what I insisted on from the beginning and the contract I signed guarantees it.”

According to Harris-Moore’s defense attorney, John Henry Browne, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) already has a finished draft that will be revised after Harris-Moore discusses more of the details of his escapades with reps from Fox.

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  • What a pretty face

    I’m sure someone special gets to see a lot of it from this position.

    • abadstroller

      Really? This is what you come up with? Yeesh….

    • JCM

      What does this even mean? – “I’m sure someone special gets to see a lot of it from this position.”

  • abadstroller

    Kudos on CHM not receiving any profit whatsoever on this movie. I hope that the movie shows his disadvantaged economic background, his mom’s parenting malpractice, and how an abused child essentially raised himself and survived making truly unwise choices. He–and we–are fortunate that no one was killed or grievously injured. As fascinating as his story is, CHM and his exploits should not be romanticized like “Catch Me If You Can.” CHM is still young enough to grow up to be a productive adult. Good luck, fellah.

  • kate middleton

    Every story I’ve read on this fails to mention that he CANNOT profit it based on Son of Sam laws. While I think the movie could be interesting, it’s not like he’s being super altruistic in paying back victims – it’s the law.

  • Lynne

    You mean Lifetime hadnt already jumped at the oppprotunity to make this movie themselves? Shocked.

  • Beauty

    His story is incredible. I’m looking forward to it hope it sticks to the truth of what really happened and why he did what he did.

  • Clete

    I guess crime doesn’t pay….unless, of course, you get a movie or book deal.

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  • John Mathai

    This looks like ” Tales of Huckleberry finn”. All the best for The upcomming movie. This must be an eye opener for all the spoiled moms and dads. A privilage of a child must never be denied.

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