Will replace David Gordon Green as director.

THR reports that Robert Zemeckis (‘Flight,’ ‘Beowulf’) has picked his next live-action directorial feature and has signed on to direct the 20th Century Fox crime drama ‘Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw.’ David Gordon Green was previously attached to direct.

Based on the book proposal by Bob Friel the true story centres “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. Known as the ‘Barefoot Bandit’ due to his preference to prowl without footwear, Harris-Moore is considered a modern-day Robin Hood with his exploits gaining tens of thousands of fans on Facebook.”

Zemeckis is working with ‘Milk’ scribe Dustin Lance Black to develop the screenplay.