Variety reports that Dustin Lance Black has been hired to write the script for 20th Century Fox’s film about infamous 19-year-old outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, nicknamed “The Barefoot Bandit,” and David Gordon Green is in final talks to direct.
Based on the book proposal “Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw” by Bob Friel, the story centers on the teenager who’s stolen cars, boats and planes and taught himself how to fly in order to evade local police, Homeland Security and the FBI. He’s also burglarized at least 100 private residences.
On July 4, Harris-Moore allegedly fled in a plane stolen from Indiana and crashed on the shoreline of a Bahamian island. He was indicted July 6 by a U.S. Federal Court in Seattle on charges of transporting another stolen aircraft in that state. He was arrested July 11 in Harbour Island, Bahamas, as he attempted to flee on a boat.
Harris-Moore became known as the “Barefoot Bandit” or “Barefoot Burglar” by reportedly committing some of his crimes barefoot.