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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

A ‘Barefoot Bandit’ movie?

News is afoot (ooh, see how I did that?) today that Camano Island native Colton Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit” whose 2008-2010 crime spree (including five plane thefts) captured both local and national attention, has signed a movie deal worth $1.3 million with 20th Century Fox. Not that Harris-Moore will personally see any of that money; he said in a statement (from the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, where he currently resides) that if the movie happens and the money comes through, it will go in restitution to his many victims. Rumors have been flying for a while about this project, which is being scripted by Dustin Lance Black (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Milk”). David Gordon Green has been mentioned as director, with Zac Efron among those rumored to be interested in playing Harris-Moore. No production dates are set, which means it could well never happen, but this story just seems made for Hollywood. Stay tuned.

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