As soon as Lance Armstrong admitted he’d cheated during his cycling career, a couple of biopics about him were announced. We haven’t heard about them for a while, but now Stephen Frears has stepped up with yet another movie about Armstrong, with Deadline reporting that Ben Foster is in final negotiations to play Lance.
John Hodge (Trance, Trainspotting) wrote the screenplay, which covers the cyclist’s career from his testicular cancer comeback to winning seven Tour De France championships, through to his eventual admission that he used performance enhancing drugs during his record-breaking run.
Unsurprisingly, with other Armstrong projects in the works, they’re fast-tracking the project and hope to start shooting as early as this autumn, in the hope of getting a jump on the movie movies.
Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions are working on movie based on the book, Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times sports journalist Juliet Macur. Warner Bros. is also developing a Lance Armstrong biopic, securing the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, one of Lance Armstrong’s teammates on the United States Postal Service cycling team, and one of the first to testify under oath that his teammate was doping. Jay Roach is attached to direct that movie from a script by Scott Z. Burns.