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Brad Pitt Is Using His Powers For Good, With a Movie About the Steubenville Rape Case

By Vivian Kane | Industry | April 3, 2014 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | April 3, 2014 |

You know how sometimes you’ll come across a story online and you’ll think to yourself “Man, that would make a kick ass movie,” or “That’s really important and more people should know about it.” Well, so does Brad Pitt. The difference, of course, is that Brad Pitt has the ability to actually make that happen.

Pitt’s favorite contraceptive production company, Plan B, will be launching a movie based on the Rolling Stone article “Anonymous vs. Steubenville,” about the rape of a 16 year old girl by high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio. The article, and presumably also the film, focuses on Deric Lostutter, the Anonymous hacker who released a video made by the football players. Lostutter is currently facing federal charges that could lead to up to 10 years in prison, while the rapists received the minimum sentences possible (one to two years each).

The public image of Anonymous is pretty torn. A lot of people see them as heroes (raises hand) because they do things like, well, expose rapists. But on the flip side, they are a deliberately chaotic group. Lostutter is its perfect poster child (if you can have a poster child for a group made up of faceless members). He’s described in that Rolling Stone article as being the kind of guy who needs “some bullshit to rally against,” an “Operation” with, yes, a capital O. This is the kind of guy who, as a kid, would punch a bully for punching another kid, or stab his mom’s boyfriend for hitting his mom. And this is part of the reason a lot of people find themselves opposed to the unorganized organization. Yes, bullies and abusive husbands and rapists and everyone else this group fights against are the absolute worst people on the planet. But the types of people drawn to this kind of fight, when given the ability to hide behind anonymity, can be dangerous.

Ultimately, this has the potential to be a really complex story. Because that’s what it was in real life. Looking at Plan B’s history with adaptations, let’s just hope this is closer in spirit to 12 Years a Slave and less, say, The Time Traveler’s Wife or World War Z. Otherwise, if Brad Pitt’s going to pick things from the internet to adapt, they may as well be cat videos.

Via TheWrap

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