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Lance Armstrong: The Movie?
JJ Abrams developing scandal pic

21 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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JJ Abrams, Lance Armstrong Movie

You knew this one was coming: as scandal-ridden cyclist Lance Armstrong spilled his guts to Oprah Winfrey on US TV, someone was already planning a film about his epic rise and equally rapid fall. That someone is actually two someones: JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk, who have snapped up the rights to Juliet Macur’s book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong.

Actually, we say book, but in keeping with so many of these page-based film adaptations, it’s still only a proposal at this point. Macur certainly has the necessary background knowledge, however, having covered Armstrong’s career for the New York Times across more than a decade.

The Armstrong story is certainly a captivating one, and it’s not the first time that someone has tried to make a film about his life and achievements. Sadly for him, all the previous versions, which would have chronicled his Tour De France victories, Olympic medals and struggle with cancer, have been shelved and Paramount will instead be developing this post-doping revelations version of the story.

Right now, there’s no one aboard to write and direct, let alone star – though Jake Gyllenhaal was attached to Sony’s previous take on the man and Matt Damon had been talked about. Who will be playing the disgraced Armstrong? We’ll have to wait and see. But perhaps a bigger question: will Vince Vaughn cameo if they cover Armstrong in Dodgeball


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RE: This is a bit trite for Abrams and Burk.
Sam Worthington would a decent choice based on resemblance, but Lance is probably a better actor. More

Posted by JonathanMardukas at 13:41 on 22 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: This is a bit trite for Abrams and Burk.
L: Fit Kisto Seems like it would be a good role for Aaron Eckhart. hat he bares a resemblance to Armstrong is no reason to make a movie about this. There is now a gaping hole in TV where Fringe used to be - I'm counting on Abrams to fill it up. He should go to one of those Yankee cable groups with the next idea. Walter Bishop was a great creation - I hope John Noble gets his teeth into a few more great roles soon. Disney should sign him up for Star Wars. More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 20:57 on 21 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: This is a bit trite for Abrams and Burk.
Seems like it would be a good role for Aaron Eckhart. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 18:00 on 21 January 2013 | Report This Post

This is a bit trite for Abrams and Burk.
Didn't think they'd bother with this kind of thing. Abrams needs to find a replacement for Fringe to satisfy my TV mystery appetite. And don't give it to Fox this time. I'm loving Person of Interest and Revolution, but I need Fringe/X-Files creepy factor. Alcatraz could have had it but we'll never know. How about a Fringe movie??? :D More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 15:31 on 21 January 2013 | Report This Post

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Agreed. Needs to wait about 5 years until everyone has forgiven him and they give it a Walk the Line type feel. More

Posted by rogerebert at 12:27 on 21 January 2013 | Report This Post

Hmm...
If only they got Michael Bay to direct this. This film needs to be on steroids. More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 10:35 on 21 January 2013 | Report This Post

It's a fascinating story, but I don't think it would make for a very good movie. The previous version, with all his victories and triumph over adversity would have been. But what kind of sports movie ends with the main character disgraced and his whole career turning out to be lies? Bit of a "meh" ending... More

Posted by Madhava at 22:23 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

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