Do you recall the story of Colton Harris-Moore, the teenage burglar dubbed the Barefoot Bandit by press who went on the lamb from the law, burgalrizing over 100 homes before stealing a plane and flying to the Bahamas where he was eventually captured? Well, now that little brat is back in the headlines and it once again has to do with a whole lot of money, only this time he's legally acquired it.
20th Century Fox is giving the 20-year old convict upwards of $1.3 million for his life's story. Now, before you get enraged at the idea of a kid who spent years leeching off of other people and causing a media circus getting a very nice and legal pay day reward for his crimes, Harris-Moore won't actually be profiting off of this (well, off of this initial payment, at least, I imagine he'll find a way to make money off of his life's story eventually). It's actually in his contract that every penny of Fox's payment will go toward compensating the hundreds of people he stole from to make this whole shebang possible in the first place.
Harris-Moore's lawyers gave the following prepared statement to his local newspaper (via THR), which broke news of the movie deal:
"I am humbled to know I can now help the people I hurt, at least for the financial damage I caused them. I have absolutely zero interest in profiting from any of this and I won't make a dime off it. It all goes to restitution. That's what I insisted on from the beginning and the contract I signed guarantees it."
As for the movie, we don't know much at this point except that Dustin Lance Black (Milk) is supposed to be writing the screenplay, which at one point would be a directing vehicle for David Gordon Green (Your Highness), though it's unclear if he's still involved at this point.