Colton Harris has just signed a big movie deal with 20th Century Fox which could be worth up to $1.3 million. But Harris, the Barefoot Bandit, won’t see a penny of that money. Instead, the money will be used to pay back the $1.4 million that he stole during his crime spree.
The Barefoot Bandit said in a statement:
“I did things that were not only a violation of law, but also of trust. I can’t undo what I did. I can only try to make things better.
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.”
The Herald reports that Dustin Lance Black, an Academy Award-winning writer, is writing the screenplay for the movie. David Gordon Green is supposedly slated to direct the film, while Zac Efron is being considered for the lead.
Lance Rosen, the Seattle entertainment attorney who negotiated the deal between Morris and Fox, said that Morris will work with Dustin Lance Black to give an accurate description of his crimes.