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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 07:29 PM

 

Serial train thief gets movie deal. Now NYC transit wants to collect his profits

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.3504145/serial-train-thief-gets-movie-deal-now-nyc-transit-wants-to-collect-his-profits-1.3504149

He's been called an unlikely New York folk hero. But to the city's transportation authority, Darius McCollum is simply a criminal.

For 35 years, McCollum has been impersonating transit staff and driving off with trains and buses. Last fall, he was arrested for the 30th time. He is currently in jail at Rikers Island.

Now Hollywood producers plan to make a film about McCollum called Train Man. Julia Roberts is expected to star as McCollum's attorney. But The New York transit authority (MTA) vows it will go after any money McCollum earns from the rights to his story because of the three decades of trouble he's caused....

"The perfect place for him was, and still is, in the transit system, but legally" says Shery, "It really is a shame because he knows the system and he loves it. He's not just somebody that really likes it, he loves it."


"Train Man"?!

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