Fox is on the trail of the most wanted 18-year-old in the country, buying feature rights to “Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw,” for Rough House Pictures to produce.
Story centers on Colton Harris-Moore — the teenager who’s stolen cars, boats and planes and taught himself how to fly in order to evade local police, Homeland Security and the FBI. He’s still at large and has a massive Facebook following.
The feature is based on a book proposal by Bob Friel, who profiled Harris-Moore in the January edition of adventure magazine Outside.
Harris-Moore is a suspect in more than 100 crimes, mostly felonies, in the Pacific Northwest since escaping from a juvenile facility in 2008. Harris-Moore was dubbed the Barefoot Burglar after having been seen running barefoot from the scene of a crime. Rough House is seeking writers for the project, picked up as a possible directing vehicle for Rough House principal David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”).
Deal for “Taking Flight” comes four months after Mandate Pictures set up Rough House, headed by Danny McBride, Green, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly.
Rough House is co-producing “Eastbound and Down” for HBO, which begins filming its second season in May.
McBride has been cast with Aziz Ansari in action comedy “30 Minutes or Less” from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour banner.