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Robert Zemeckis May Take Over Directing the 'Barefoot Bandit' Film

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August 6, 2012
Source: THR

Barefoot Bandit

Finally, the long-awaited (live-action) return of Robert Zemeckis is nigh. He's going from one Flight to another Flight, taking over the reigns of Taking Flight, the Barefoot Bandit movie in the works at Fox. THR broke the news, stating that while David Gordon Green was attached, he has since moved on to take on the Suspiria remake head-on, leaving the spot open for Robert Zemeckis to step in and take over. He will now "develop the project as a potential directing vehicle" (he's not confirmed yet), with the script currently being revised by Oscar winner and Milk, Virginia, J. Edgar writer Dustin Lance Black. More details below!

We've been following development on this project for a few years, as 20th Century Fox picked up the rights to Colton Harris-Moore's life story as the "Barefoot Bandit" back in 2011, right after he had actually been caught. The project has been developing on its own in the meantime, and it seemed like David Gordon Green started to build up so many other things to work on, it was better to leave this in the hands of someone like Zemeckis anyway. Speaking of Zemeckis, he is in the midst of finishing his first live-action movie in nearly 12 years, titled Flight with Denzel Washington, which seems to be the perfect segue from his CGI animation past back into live-action and eventually to tell this story of Harris-Moore. It should be fun.

Taking Flight, the title of this "true story" based on the book Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw, centers on 18-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, who became a cult hero for a string of crimes that baffled local police, Homeland Security and the FBI. In the early 2000s, Colton went on a series of illegal escapades, stealing cars, boats and even planes from the rich. He was caught by the FBI in July 2010. I've been quite anxious to see this project come together, as it has an air of Catch Me If You Can, and I'm very excited to see Zemeckis considering directing it. I think it would be the perfect follow-up to Flight if Zemeckis goes for it.

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  • Dustin Black is a great choice to write this script. This is right in Zemeckis pocket. Almost as if the story unfolded for him, and him alone, to direct. Make this happen!
  • guido jenkins
    why in the world would anyone want to glorify this little prick??? if anything, he should get a serious ass whippin' and some hard assed prison time....what a waste of life...
    • It is illegal for Harris-Moore to profit from his story so there's no need to get offended by this film because he won't see a penny from it. I can't wait to see it play out on the big screen as I don't know too much about the story besides that he was a thief. If he was really only stealing from rich people though then that could definitely be an interesting film for Zemeckis to take on.
  • Happy camper
    Black is not a great writer, the perfect revision project for him
  • JadeFrog
    My mother lives on the island this piece of crap terrorized for months. Glorifying him at all is just shameful.
  • DustyOR
    Nobody should be spotlighting this jerk who created so much havoc and $$$$$$ in damage. He does not deserve any recognition, just prison time

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