Legendary "Barefoot Bandit" Inks $1.3M Movie Deal

Money will be used as restitution for Colton Harris-Moore's victims

By Sara Dover
|  Thursday, Aug 11, 2011  |  Updated 9:27 AM EDT
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The legendary outlaw dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" has inked a movie deal worth as much as $1.3 million with 20th Century Fox, but the money will go towards his victims.

Zac Efron is rumored to be one of the top picks to play the Washington state 20-year-old who went on a cross-country crime spree, once kicking off his shoes while being chased by cops in the woods.

Police nabbed Colton Harris-Moore in the Bahamas in 2009 after he broke out of juvenile detention and prompted a two year man-hunt. The teenager pleaded guilty to breaking into homes, looting cars and boats, and at one point stealing and flying two planes with zero pilot experience, Time magazine reported two years ago. Investigators said he wasn't interested in money--it was more of a "Goldilocks" thing.

The damage he caused cost an estimated $1.4 million, and earlier this summer a court ruled that any profits must be used as restitution, according to the Daily Herald.

"I am humbled to know I can now help the people I hurt, at least for the financial damage I cause them," Harris-Moore said in a statement. "I have absolutely zero interest in profiting from any of this and I would make a dime off it."

Seattle entertainment lawyer Lance Rosen, who negotiated the deal for Harris-Moore, said it is "very unusual for this kind of money to be paid for anyone's life story rights."

Now, we're just waiting for a movie deal on the three siblings who shot at cops, robbed a bank in Georgia and outran authorities on a high-speed car chase until they crashed in Colorado on Wednesday.

Selected Reading: MSNBC, The Daily Herald, Gawker

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