20th Century Fox Pays Barefoot Bandit $1.3 Million to Make Movie about His Crime Spree

     August 11, 2011


Who says crime doesn’t pay?  Answer: someone who didn’t sell the movie rights to his crimes.  THR reports that Colton Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit”, has signed a deal worth $1.3 million with 20th Century Fox. However, the money won’t go into Harris-Moore’s pocket but towards the $1.4 million he owes as restitution to his victims.  Harris-Moore will write the script with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk).

I’m wondering if the two will do a Catch Me If You Can take on the material or go in a different direction.  It certainly lends itself to that angle as Harris-Moore had a two-year crime spree that ended in February 2007 when he crashed an airplane he taught himself to fly.  Harris-Moore’s entertainment Lance Rosen says, “It’s very unusual for this kind of money to be paid for anyone’s life story rights.”  It’s unusual but not impossible!  Hit the jump for my fake tips on how to turn your crimes into moving pictures!

barefoot-bandit-mugshot[These tips are fake.  Collider in no way endorses any kind of crime.  This is for humor only.  I really can't stress that enough.]

First, you’ll need a hook.  Harris-Moore was called the “Barefoot Bandit” because he reportedly did some of his crimes barefoot and once left behind 39 chalk footprints and the word “c’ya!”  Be sure your calling card is cute and endearing and not serial-killer-esque.

Second, no violence.  The second you hurt someone, you go from rapscallion to everyone-wants-you-to-die-in-a-hail-of-gunfire.  You can still get a movie made about your life (Bonnie and Clyde, Public Enemies) but it will be long after you’re dead and then only your legend can profit.

Finally, make sure you get a worthy adversary or adversaries.  Usually movies will condense the dedicated team of investigators down to a single person (like Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can).  But your crime-fighting adversary needs to be smart, likable, and it’s even better if you’re two sides of the same coin.  It adds a nice juxtaposition to the whole thing.

[Seriously: These tips are a joke and meant to parody movies that glorify real-life crooks.  Don't do crime.]

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    Well, that’s one film I won’t be watching. Why glorify and enable that attention-seeking fool?

    Here’s to hoping the movie’s a flop.

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  • hunjee bakala

    Hey this article has inspired me to rob a bank while spray painting the words “PWND” on the glass door before i leave with the money.

    When they make a movie about me, i’ll like to give credit to Matt Goldberg

  • Devo

    Hey, my name’s Devon and I grew up with Colton, in elementary and middle school and another thing you could put in the movie is his speech impediment. He had one, it was sort of like a lisp, but I wouldn’t describe it as that. He was big too. Learned how to pilot a plane by himself.

  • JJ

    Never even heard of this guy

  • WyldeMan45

    Colton was NOT finally stopped in 2007, that was just the very first time they caught him. He was robbing and terrorizing this community for a long time before he fled to the Bahamas were on July 11th 2010, he was caught after the police there shot out the engine of the boat he was fleeing on. Nice fact checks Goldberg.

  • Steve Grundelby

    Hitler was an attention seeking fool, too. We still watch WW2 movies, you guys.

  • wait…what?

    So wait…you WANT me to commit crimes?

  • Brandon

    $10 says the role goes to Jesse Eisenberg or Channing Tatum.

  • Bigfiction

    Fuck casting based on resemblance. Whoever actually ends putting the film together could craft it to fit any number of tones, so why narrow the field with that sort of priority. If they’re planning on making it a more hardlined biography, then from my understanding of the story, the film will have to reflect his long periods of solitude in the woods. Assuming someone does a good job with the material, this could be a pretty interesting approach. Also smart…. and psychological, but bring in a bit of levity. Hire Edgar Wright maybe!

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