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    >>> the famous fugitive who became known as barefoot bandit has inked a million dollar movie deal. 20-year-old kcoat or harris says he will not see any of that money. aiditi, good morning.

    >> the man known as barefoot bandit remains here at the federal detention center in seattle. for years he stole from others. now he says he has decided to agree to make a movie in order to make a mends. his story reads like a hollywood screenplay, and now the barefoot bandit's life of crime is one step closer to hitting the big screen . the young man behind the folklore 20-year-old colton harris moore is speaking out for the first time from prison, in a statement released through his attorney he says, i can't undo what i did. i can only try to make this better. harris moore says he has agreed to sell the rights of his story for $1.2 billion only if all of the could go towards paying back his victims.

    >> i think he'll feel morally relieved. he has tremendous remorse.

    >> reporter: in a statement from jail, harris - moore writes, i am humbled to know that i can now help the people i hurt. i have absolutely zero interest in profiting from any of this and i won't make a dime off of it. harris - moore pleaded guilty to seven felony charges in june. prosecutors have said he owes more than a million dollars in damages.

    >> he won't make any money. he never wanted to.

    >> reporter: harris - moore 's life of crime began when he was a teen in washington. breaking into neighbors' homes and local businesses, often barefoot where he would steal cash, bikes, cars, even airplanes. his two-year crime spree prompted a manhunt. in his most infamous theft, harris - moore who taught himself to fly, stole a plane and flew it to the bahamas where authorities finally caught him after a dramatic high-speed chase.

    >> i think the sheer outrageousness of some of the crimes makes it interesting.

    >> reporter: in his statement, harris - moore says he hopes to one day earn the forgiveness of his neighbors and the people he's hurt. whether that will happen remains to be seen. perhaps long after the barefoot bandit gets his perfect hollywood ending . and harris - moore is scheduled to be sentenced in late october.

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updated 8/11/2011 3:25:43 PM ET 2011-08-11T19:25:43

The young Washington state man dubbed the Barefoot Bandit after a cross-country crime spree brought him folk outlaw status has reportedly signed a movie deal worth as much as $1.3 million with 20th Century Fox.

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The Daily Herald of Everett, Wash., reported that the money will be used to help pay the minimum $1.4 million that 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore owes in restitution to the victims of his two-year-long crime spree.

"I did things that were not only a violation of law, but also of trust," Harris-Moore said in a written statement provided by his attorneys. "I can't undo what I did. I can only try to make things better."

Over the course of his nine-state, three-country crime spree, Harris-Moore stole five planes, more than a dozen cars, several boats, and broke into a number of homes and businesses.

Many of his crimes apparently were committed while he was barefoot, earning him his moniker.

'I won't make a dime'
The statement, written from behind bars at a federal detention center in SeaTac, south of Seattle, explained that he would only agree to sign a deal if his victims could be repaid.

"I am humbled to know I can now help the people I hurt, at least for the financial damage I caused them," Harris-Moore wrote.

"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 statement said.

Seattle entertainment lawyer Lance Rosen negotiated the deal on Harris-Moore's behalf.

"It's very unusual for this kind of money to paid for anyone's life story rights," Rosen told the Herald.

High School Musical star Zac Efron is among the actors who has reportedly been considered for the role of Harris-Moore, the Herald said.

Harris-Moore was accused of breaking into empty vacation houses on Camano Island, Wash., his childhood home, and stealing food, before fleeing into the woods.

He was arrested and sentenced to three years in juvenile detention in 2007.

Shortly afterward, he broke out and began a crime spree that ended two years later in the Bahamas.

'Lucky to be alive'
In November 2008, Harris-Moore broke into homes on Washington's San Juan Islands, where he stole his first airplane in November 2008.

Police officials on San Juan have blamed Harris-Moore for two plane thefts.

He later crossed into Canada, where he stole several cars, before breaking into an Idaho airport and stealing another plane.

He crashed that plane near Granite Falls, Wash., which triggered a massive manhunt that only ended in the Bahamas.

"I am grateful beyond words that nobody was physically hurt by my dangerous and careless actions. I know too that I am lucky to be alive," Harris-Moore said in his statement.

Harris-Moore pleaded guilty in June to seven federal felony charges. Sentencing is set for October. He still faces state court charges.

"Getting money to my victims is the least I can do, and because of my situation it is probably the best I can do," Harris-Moore said in his statement.

"In due time I hope to earn the forgiveness of my neighbors and community, and everyone else I've hurt," he said. "I will continue to do everything in my power to make things better. My commitment to that endeavor is what keeps me going."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.