Bradley Manning

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Well, we knew this was inevitable.

Just one day after Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy in leaking U.S. military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, but convicted on several lesser counts, Variety reports that a movie about the 25-year-old is already being developed.

According to the trade magazine, Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and producing partner Marc Shmuger are hoping to follow up their documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks with a feature film based on Denver Nicks' book Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History.

Gibney and Shmuger, who gained the rights to the book last year, are in the midst of looking for a screenwriter to adapt the story.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Julian Assange

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Of course, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange himself is still a hot commodity.

In addition to Gibney's documentary on the subject, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Assange in director Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, which is scheduled to open the Toronto Film Festival in September.

What's more, Mark Boal, who penned the screenplays for Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, recently optioned former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller's 2011 extensive article on Assange and WikiLeaks.

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