Brad Pitt's Plan B production group has purchased the rights to make a movie about the controversial Steubenville rape case and the Anonymous hacker activist who went to jail for his part in exposing a cover-up in the small Ohio town.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt
will base the movie on a Rolling Stone article
about what happened in Steubenville and how Deric Lostutter, an Anonymous member, brought international attention to the case of the girl who was raped by popular high school football players. Lostutter now faces federal charges for his hacking activities.
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In the article, Rolling Stone writer Dave Kushner explores the life of Lostutter, a bullied, nerdy kid who once stabbed a man who was beating his mother, and his path to hactivism. Lostutter went by KYAnonymous online and eventually created Justice Ops to brand his work, launching both the Steubenville campaign and one against the Westboro Baptist Church, in Topeka, Kan.
The young man found his way to Anonymous after watching the YouTube video "We Are Legion" about the group, Rolling Stone reported.
"I watched that and I just went 'ppffff,'" he told Kushner. "My mind was blown. I was like, 'There's people out there like me, thousands of people out there like me.'"
The Plan B film will reportedly tell Kushner's story and shed light show on how Lostutter's noble actions led to charges against him.
Pitt and others at Plan B have produced award-winning films like "12 Years a Slave," "The Tree of Life," and "World War Z."
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