Barefoot Bandit movie deal worth as much as US$1.3M
Colton Harris-Moore, the teenage fugitive police have dubbed the 'Barefoot Bandit,' is escorted handcuffed by Bahamian authorities to the court building in Nassau, Tuesday July 13, 2010. (AP / Tim Aylen)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:20AM EDT
EVERETT, Wash. - The young Washington state man dubbed the Barefoot Bandit after a cross-country crime spree brought him folk outlaw status has reportedly signed a movie deal worth as much as US$1.3 million with 20th Century Fox.
The Daily Herald reports that the money will be used to help pay the minimum $1.4 million that 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore owes in restitution to the victims of his two-year-long crime spree.
In a statement released by his lawyers, Harris-Moore said, "I am humbled to know I can now help the people I hurt, as least for the financial damage I caused them."
Seattle entertainment lawyer Lance Rosen negotiated the deal on Harris-Moore's behalf. He says it's an unusual amount of money to be paid for anyone's life story rights.
Harris-Moore pleaded guilty in June to seven federal felony charges. Sentencing is set for October. He still faces state court charges.