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.
"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.
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.
[H/T Daily Dot, image via AP]