Hollywood moves pretty damn quick when it wants to, huh? This week Lance Armstrong‘s interviews with Oprah Winfrey aired, and the once-beloved cyclist is now loathed by former fans and the general public for confessing to doping after more than a decade of vehement denials and lies. While some of us are still trying to process the wretchedness of it all, J.J. Abrams is making a movie about it! Along with producer Bryan Burk, he’s purchased the rights to a book that is still in the works, titled Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong. Click inside to learn more!
Deadline Hollywood has the story:
JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk are going to make a movie about the epic rise and fall of doping bicyclist Lance Armstrong. They’ve just closed a deal for screen rights to Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong, a proposal for a book that will be written by Juliet Macur for HarperCollins.
Macur is a sports reporter for The New York Times, and she has covered Armstrong for over a decade, through the cyclist’s recovery from deadly cancer to his capturing seven Tour de France title. She has also covered the allegations of doping that Armstrong vehemently denied, before finally falling on his sword in a much publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey…
Interestingly enough, there was another Lance Armstrong film in the works (with Jack Gyllenhaal in the lead), but it was supposed to be the story of Lance as an athletic hero of sorts, so Sony had to can it when the scandal began to unfold. Whether or not they plan to resurrect the project and put a completely different spin on it remains to be seen.
So what do you guys think of a Lance Armstrong movie? Right now, it does have that “too soon” vibe surrounding it but by the time the film actually comes out, a couple of years will probably have gone by and the public may be ready for it. And then there’s always the question of casting– who should (and who would) play Lance Armstrong?