Good news, everyone! Following his decade-long foray into motion-capture and animated features, it looks like director Robert Zemeckis is coming back to live-action for the foreseeable future. The Back to the Future director’s first live-action film since 2000 opens this fall (the drama Flight starring Denzel Washington), and now he’s coming on to develop the feature film about the “Barefoot Bandit” as a potential directing vehicle.
18-year-old Colton Harris-Moore became a bit of a cult hero following his string of Robin Hood-like crimes, and 20th Century Fox has been working on a feature film iteration of his story for the past year. He stole and piloted planes and boats and taunted authorities who were on his trail, at one point leaving 39 chalk footprints and the word “c’ya!” at the scene of a crime. This cheeky attitude will undoubtedly make for one hell of a movie, and Zemeckis might just be the guy to bring it to the big screen. Hit the jump for more.
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!