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Today, Warner Bros. announced that it’s in the works to create a film around Lance Armstrong and his downfall.

Austin Powers‘ director Jay Roach will direct, and Side Effects‘ scribe Scott Z. Burns will pen the script. Additionally, Warner Bros. acquired the life rights to Tyler Hamilton, a former professional biker who was close with Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service Team.

It’s not exactly sure yet what angle Roach and Burns will take on the biggest sports scandal in history, but Deadline writes:

A former Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion, Hamilton was one of the first insiders to testify under oath and come forward publicly – on 60 Minutes — to break the code of silence. Michael Radutzky, an executive producer at CBS News and senior producer for 60 Minutes, is also in talks to produce. The studio is in talks to acquire confidential rights of other key individuals involved in the story, and all of this creates the tapestry to explore the biggest and most sophisticated doping scandal in the history of sports.

This is the second Lance Armstrong film in the works – the first to be announced will be produced by (you guessed it) J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures. Abrams and Paramount acquired the rights to the book (that hasn’t even been written yet) Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong. It’ll be penned by Juliet Macur, who is a New York Times sportswriter that covered Armstrong for over 10 years; from his recovery from cancer to winning seven Tour de France titles, while also managing to deflect doping rumors. Interestingly, Bradley Cooper has been reportedly speaking to J.J. Abrams about playing Armstrong.

What do you think about these Lance Armstrong biopics?

  • Tiana

    I just fail to realize why people like to glorify cheating scandals and lies so much. It’s disgusting.

    • stargazer

      I agree wholeheartedly. It makes no sense that even before this scandal story is cold that it is being made into a movie. Yes, Lance Armstrong helped inspire people to fight against cancer, but he did so by being a cheat. And now a movie spreading his name in the name of fame and fortune is going to be made.

    • Hurley

      What’s glorifying about these movies?

  • aly2011AMA

    Of course it’s going to ignore all of the charity work he’s done and people he’s inspired. This is disgusting. Armstrong inspired my dad to overcome his own cancer through cycling and I will always support him, despite what the public thinks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

      People do respect him, or did. He may have done all sorts of charity work and inspired thousands of people. There’s no doubt about the good he did. But for some people, that good is tainted. Now, I’m neither for or against Armstrong, b/c I never paid much attention to him. But that’s how I see it. You admire someone and then find out it’s all just one big lie and that his success was achieved partly through illegitimate ways.

      I only feel injustice for the people he competed with, that they might have won, and Armstrong took that away from them. Although they say that half the competitors were all doping anyway. So who knows.

  • disgruntled…

    Maybe all the money the movie(s) make can go to the people he blatantly attacked, both monetarily and personally. I hope the films make a fortune, and I hope he doesn’t get one cent of the profits.

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