LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment, plans to make a film based on the Steubenville rape case, and the Anonymous activist who worked to expose the crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The crime took place in August 2012 in Steubenville, Ohio, when two high school football players raped a 16-year-old girl after a party. The girl was sexually assaulted by her peers while she was incapacitated by alcohol, and the students took photos and videos during the incident. The two later posted the footage on Facebook and Twitter and discussed the situation in a series of text messages.
Deric Lostutter, a member of the hacktivist collective Anonymous, launched a campaign in support of the girl after school officials attempted to cover up the incident. His role was documented in the Rolling Stone article "Anonymous Vs. Steubenville" after the activist himself was investigated for leaking evidence against the perpetrators on social media.
The two students were eventually convicted in juvenile court for the rape of a minor, and several adults were indicted for their obstruction of the investigation. One of the students has already been released early, while Lostutter currently faces ten years in prison for identity theft and threatening action against the rapists.
The new film will be based on the Rolling Stone article, and will focus on Lostutter and Anonymous' work to bring the two students to justice. Anonymous and Lostutter himself have both confirmed the news on Twitter.
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
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
Plan B Entertainment's latest film, Academy Award Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, was a critical and audience success. No further details on the upcoming Steubenville movie have been released.
[The Hollywood Reporter] [Rolling Stone]