Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and their Plan B Entertainment have partnered up with Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment to snatch up rights to the Rolling Stone article ANONYMOUS VS. STEUBENVILLE written by David Kushner. The article delves into the true story of online hacker Deric Lostutter, who hacked his way into the truth uncovering a ring of cover-ups in small town Steubenville, Ohio centering on the rape of a 16-year old high school girl. Upon unraveling the facts, the information Lostutter provided not only brought charges to the rapists, but directly indicted the high school superintendent, the elementary school principal and two high school coaches, but also brought down the potential for a 20-year sentence for Lostutter himself.
For Pitt, Gardner and fellow Plan B producer Jeremy Kleiner, this is the first project announced for them since their best picture Oscar win for “12 Years a Slave”. Collectively, the company has done an exceptional job of mixing commercial success with critical achievement, and their active slate of in-development films include a sequel to the highest grossing zombie film of all time – “World War Z”, as well as a biopic of Marilyn Monroe, an adventure tale centered on Percy Harrison Fawcett, the man who disappeared in his search for “The Lost City of Z” and a period piece centered on the town of “Selma” Alabama during the civil rights movement.
The project is said to focus on the life of Lostutter, his involvement with the hacking group Anonymous, and how it was to come that his uncovering of the truth would find him facing 20-years in prison, while the rapists he revealed were only facing 1 year in prison. Plan B will produce alongside New Regency.