April 13th, 2010
07:09 PM ET

Story of teen fugitive heading to big screen


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caption="A Facebook fan page for Colton Harris-Moore. He is suspected of stealing planes, boats, and luxury automobiles."]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The most wanted teen in America may soon be coming to a theater near you. Variety reports that a Hollywood studio has purchased the rights to a book proposal based on the elusive Colton Harris-Moore. The 18-year-old, who has been suspected of stealing boats, cars and planes, has been on the run for several years. He has also become a folk hero to thousands of admirers and supporters.

According to Variety, the film will be produced by Rough House pictures and may be directed by “Pineapple Express” filmmaker David Gordon Green.

Harris-Moore’s saga may spell box office magic but authorities aren’t impressed with the story. They’ve been looking for the 6’5” teen since he disappeared from a halfway house.

A massive search for him was conducted last month on Orcas Island off Washington State. Police believed Harris-Moore was hiding out on the island. The manhunt failed to turn up any signs of Harris-Moore.

At the time, San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming urged him to surrender. “It’s time to stop and it is time to come in,” Cumming told CNN. “We just don’t want to see anyone hurt, and that certainly includes him.”

Harris-Moore has amassed a growing fan base on a Facebook tribute page. It lists more than 25,000 followers. Many of the entries encourage him to continue his life on the run. One recent post congratulated Harris-Moore by telling him “much love and respect man, you’re living my dream!!”

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
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  1. hola

    of course hollywood won't respect his wishes. too much money is to be made to respect any person's dignity. he has said repeatedly that he does not want his story to be published.

    July 28, 2010 at 4:54 am |

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