Dustin Lance Black will write the screenplay and David Gordon Green is in final talks to direct 20th Century Fox's film about infamous 18-year-old outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, a.k.a. the Barefoot Bandit, according to Variety.
Black's deal came on the same day that Harris-Moore was transported in chains from Miami to Seatac, Washington, after his dramatic arrest in the Bahamas on July 11.
The film will be based on a book proposal, "Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw," by Bob Friel, who profiled Harris-Moore in the January edition of adventure magazine Outside.
Harris-Moore has committed scores of crimes, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, including allegedly stealing at least five small aircraft, a boat and two cars, as well as burglarizing at least 100 private residences.
Harris-Moore taught himself how to fly in order to evade local police, Homeland Security and the FBI.
On July 4, 2010, he allegedly fled in a plane stolen from Indiana and crashed on the shoreline of one of the islands in the Bahamas. He was indicted on July 6 by a U.S. Federal Court in Seattle on charges of transporting another stolen aircraft in that state.
He was arrested July 11 in Harbour Island, Bahamas, as he attempted to flee on a boat. Police captured him after shooting at the engine.
Harris-Moore earned the nickname "Barefoot Bandit" after having been seen running barefoot from the scene of the crime.
"It's clear that there's a reason the country has become so enamored with this story, and that is worthy of investigation," Black said. "Like any great outlaw story, it speaks to the social and political mood of a generation."