Barefoot Bandit strikes $1.3 million movie deal

Barefoot Bandit strikes $1.3 million movie deal
Colton Harris-Moore is escorted shackled and handcuffed by Bahamian authorities to the court building in Nassau, Tuesday July 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
SEATTLE -- Colton Harris-Moore, who gained a popular following as the "Barefoot Bandit," has landed a movie deal.

According to Harris-Moore's attorney John Henry Browne, the man has reached a $1.3 million deal with 20th Century Fox. The movie studio has already hired an Academy Award-winning screen writer to script Harris-Moore's story, the attorney said.

Federal law does not prohibit the 20-year-old Camano Island man from profiting from the film; however, terms of a plea deal prohibit him from doing so.

Harris-Moore is accused of stealing millions of dollars worth of planes, yachts and other property in a cross-country spree over two years.

He was finally caught in the Bahamas last July, and pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges earlier this year as a part of a plea deal.

Under the plea deal, prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed to recommend a prison term of 5 1/4 years to 6 1/2 years, but the judge is not bound by that agreement and may hand down a longer sentence. He has not yet been sentenced.

The terms of the plea agreement also prohibit Harris-Moore from profiting from his crimes. He must pay a minimum of $1.4 million in restitution to crime victims, using proceeds from a movie deal reported to be in the works. Any proceeds from books, speeches or other publicity also must be used to pay restitution.

Harris-Moore will soon face local charges in Island County Superior Court in Coupeville. He is expected to plead guilty to more than 30 felonies from Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties.