July 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

20th Century Fox is revving up a movie about 19-year-old outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, notoriously dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit,” and has hired Dustin Lance Black (Milk) to write the screenplay, according to Variety. David Gordon Green, who is the producing the film, is also in final talks to direct. The movie will be based on a book proposal, Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw, by Outside adventure magazine writer Bob Friel. Harris-Moore was arrested July 11 in the Bahamas after spending the past two years on the run and allegedly committing burglary at more than 100 private residences, in addition to stealing and learning to fly at least five small aircraft. He is now awaiting trial in the state of Washington.

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