Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, bought the rights this week to a story on the Steubenville rape case and the involvement of the hacker collective Anonymous. According to a report from The Daily Dot, it's the first confirmed project for Plan B since last year's 12 Years a Slave.
Anonymous announced the acquisition yesterday on Twitter. Turns out it wasn't a joke.
Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment has bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article Anonymous vs Steubenville http://t.co/REQOshR38y
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) April 1, 2014
"Anonymous vs. Steubenville," written by David Kushner and published in Rolling Stone last November, covers the case of a 16-year-old girl who was raped at a party by two high-school football players and the subsequent fallout. It follows Deric Lostutter, an Anonymous-affiliated hacker who exposed the rape's apparent coverup by Steubenville authorities. After he found and publicized social-media posts from the night of the crime, activists both Anonymous-affiliated and not began protesting the coverup, leading directly, the story says, to widespread charges and indictments.
At this time I have no further comment about the Brad Pitt Plan B movie on my life coming out. Please direct your questions to my lawyer
— KYAnonymous (@DericLostutter) April 1, 2014
The tragic twist worthy of the Hollywood treatment? Lostutter now faces up to ten years in prison for his actions. The rapists were sentenced to one.