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.