Coming soon? Lance Armstrong… The Movie
Paramount & makers of Star Trek film reported to have bought rights to book on Armstrong fall from grace by NY Times writer
If you thought that Lance Armstrong's confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey would herald the start of a Lance Armstrong free future think again the rights to the upcoming book "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong" by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, have been sold to Paramount Pictures and the Bad Robot production company - responsible for the latest re-make of of Star Trek amongst other things according to the Deadline Hollywood website.
Indeed this might not be the only film about 'bad Lance' coming our way. As we reported last October Hollywood rumour also has it that a film of Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle’s book, The Secret Race might be in the offing. Hamilton's book and his evidence to USADA - which was more or less a verbatim extract from - were instrumental in hastening the Armstrong's final tailspin from grace.
Rather less believably the rumours surrounding a film treatment for The Secret Race suggested that Matt Damon would play Armstrong - even though at 42 he is a year older than Armstrong is now, let alone in his Tour 'winning' prime. To be fair this was pointed out by Damon too at the time the rumours surfaced.
In some respects, despite a Hollywood insider telling The Sun last year that the problem with filming the Hamilton book was that it lacked a happy ending (well, for Armstrong) an unflinching treatment of the dark reality of the Armstrong story would make for a more interesting story.
Macur's book which is slated for publication in June follows the Armstrong story from his recovery from cancer, through his Tour dominating, serial doping pomp, his comeback and his eventual fall from grace.
There is not word yet on possible casting for either project - although we could someone like Ryan Gosling playing the consumed, win at all costs anti-hero of the piece. It is also too early to say when either book might be turning up at your local multiplex (if either ever do), it could be that the film companies will hold off for a while just to see if there is any sort of redemption in store for Armstrong and an uptick in his public standing that might let them tack on a happy ending after all.
In the meantime things aren't looking so good for Armstrong with the news that Texan insurance company SCA Promotions - in many respects the outfit that triggered his downfall are to sue him for $9 million.