David Gordon Green and the Legend of Colton Harris-Moore

The new millennium may be short on folk heroes, but Colton Harris-Moore definitely qualifies for the short list. A gangly but otherwise unprepossessing 19-year-old from Camano Island, Washington, he’s wanted in connection with anywhere from 50 to 100 burglaries in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the theft of several small aircraft which he apparently crash landed without injury. Still on the run, Colton or “Colt” as he’s know to locals, has developed a significant following through unofficial facebook pages and fan clubs, and t-shirts bearing his image are wont to fly off the racks. Is it any wonder a film is in the works?

According to /Film, Rough House Pictures, the new production company founded by David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, and Danny McBride, has purchased the rights to a forthcoming book about Harris-Moore, “Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw,” by Bob Friel. No word on who might pen the script, but the project is being floated as a possible directorial outing for Green, and the appeal is obvious. A kind of Jesse James meets Robin Hood, Harris-Moore has earned himself such nicknames as “The Teen Houdini,” “The Boy Who Loved to Fly,” and “The Barefoot Bandit,” the latter a nod to his having been once seen fleeing police sans footwear. An obvious thorn in the side of local law enforcement, he nevertheless gets oodles of sympathy from his fans, many of whom see him as a hero of sorts, and in some cases extend offers to help and/or harbor him. He surely can’t go on running forever, but it’ll be interesting too see which turns up first: Colt, or his own bio-pic.

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