Lance Armstrong biopic in the works

2013-01-19 12:05
Los Angeles - Paramount Pictures and Star Trek producer JJ Abrams' Bad Robot company have purchased the film rights to a forthcoming book about cyclist Lance Armstrong's fall from grace, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction.

Armstrong, whose name and celebrity status helped build a multimillion dollar cancer foundation, admitted on Thursday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win a record seven consecutive Tour de France championships after denying doping allegations for years.

The forthcoming book, Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, traces his recovery from cancer, inspirational return to cycling, and his fall to disgraced ex-champion.

The book is set for a June publication by HarperCollins.

Neither Paramount nor Bad Robot would comment on the deal, which was first reported on the Deadline Hollywood entertainment site.

Abrams, the producer and director of the forthcoming science-fiction thriller film Star Trek into Darkness, co-founded Bad Robot with producer Bryan Burk.

Paramount will distribute the big-budget Star Trek, which is scheduled for release in May. Paramount has distributed other Abrams-produced films, including 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise.

Paramount Pictures is a subsidiary of Viacom Inc and HarperCollins is owned by News Corp.

Comments

  • robqb - 2013-01-19 13:11

    And who said crime doesn't pay? How much does he stand to make out of this deal?

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-19 13:45

    I'll wait for Lances book where he WILL tell all. This is far from the true story.

  • reine.marais - 2013-01-19 14:39

    I feel so sick! I was prepared to support the guy! NOW I understand that it is all about money. I want to shoot myself for being such a fool. It would be helpful to me to know what is going to happen to the money made out of the film. Then I might feel a little better?

  • vernon12345 - 2013-01-19 22:29

    Of all the wrong he did do he also brought millions to cancer research. Just saying

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