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Brad Pitt gets film rights for hacker story in Steubenville rape case

Brad Pitt's Plan B production company-the force behind this year's Best Picture-winning 12 Years a Slave-has reportedly acquired the film rights to the Rolling Stone article, "Anonymous vs. Steubenville." Written by David Kushhner, the feature appeared in Rolling Stone in November of last year. It tells the story of hacker Deric Lostutter, a member of the hacktivist group "Anonymous" who "helped to catch two rapists -- and then was jailed for his actions."

Brad Pitt gets film rights for hacker story in Steubenville rape case

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt´s little girls got some lovely little Valentine´s trinkets from Dad. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty images)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's little girls got some lovely little Valentine's trinkets from Dad. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty images)

Brad Pitt's Plan B production company—the force behind this year's Best Picture-winning 12 Years a Slave—has reportedly acquired the film rights to the Rolling Stone article, "Anonymous vs. Steubenville." Written by David Kushhner, the feature appeared in Rolling Stone in November of last year. It tells the story of hacker Deric Lostutter, a member of the hacktivist group "Anonymous" who "helped to catch two rapists -- and then was jailed for his actions."

The Hollywood Reporter has more:

New Regency and Brett Ratner andJames Packer's RatPac Entertainment teamed up to buy the rights to the Rolling Stone article "Anonymous vs.Steubenville," written by David Kushner, for Plan B to produce. The two companies are also financing development of the project.

Published in November 2013, the article tells the story of Deric Lostutter, a member of the hacker group Anonymous who helped expose a cover-up of the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio.

Check out the full story over at The Hollywood Reporter and read the full feature over at Rolling Stone.

On November 25th, the most notorious rape case in recent memory took yet another shocking twist. In Steubenville, Ohio, where a 16-year-old girl was raped by two high school football players in August 2012, a grand jury indicted the city's School Superintendent, Michael McVey, on felony charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. An elementary school principal and two coaches in the district were indicted as well, facing misdemeanor charges including failure to report child abuse and making false statements.

Shortly after the news hit that morning, Deric Lostutter, a skinny, scruffy 26-year-old programmer in Lexington, Kentucky, whipped out his cell phone and texted me a message. "We were called liars and more," he wrote, but "we were right about it." He had reason to feel vindicated. As one of the most notorious members of the hacker collective, Anonymous, Lostutter battled to bring justice to Steubenville, exposing secrets of a town that's still reeling from the fallout today. He just never expected that he'd get raided by the FBI, and face more prison time than the rapists in the end.

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