Remember the Barefoot Bandit? Colton Harris-Moore went barefoot and skipped around the country, stealing planes and boats and updating his Facebook page like some kind of merry, social-networking Robin Hood. He captivated the hearts and minds of many, angered some, and was finally apprehended. And, of course, in the next stage of the celebrity fame cycle, now someone wants to make a movie about him.
Harris-Moore has reportedly signed a $1.3 million movie deal about his life as part of a plea deal agreed on by federal prosecutors. But, Harris-Moore won't be seeing any of the money — it's all going to paying back his poor, rich, victims.
"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."
That's not the Barefoot Bandit I fell in love with, Colton. Giving the rich people their money back? And to make matters worse, incredibly handsome human smirk Zac Efron is rumored to be in talks to star.
I remained largely indifferent to the Barefoot Bandit's original spree, but I think an Efron-fronted Hollywood co-opting of his fairly remarkable story is a sad, ignominious end to a story that captured a very real part of the American heart: the part that likes seeing the wealthy get ripped off.
Harris-Moore is set to be sentenced in October — maybe they'll release the teaser trailer to coincide with his court date.