EVERETT, Wash. — 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.