Star Trek director JJ Abrams has optioned forthcoming book Cycle of Lies by New York Times reporter Juliet Macu
The Guardian, Monday 21 January 2013 18.40 GMT
The story of shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong, who cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles, is heading to the big screen after Star Trek director JJ Abrams optioned the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur.
Abrams's proposed film is the first to be announced since Armstrong admitted during a television interview with Oprah Winfrey that an extensive programme of blood doping and steroid use played a part in all seven of his consecutive Tour de France victories.
Macur has covered the American's career for many years from his return to cycling after battling cancer in 1998, the glory years of 1999 to 2005, the allegations of cheating that dogged him throughout the latter stages of his career and his Tour de France comeback in 2009.
The Armstrong biopic will be put together by the Paramount studio and Abrams's production company Bad Robot. It is not yet clear whether Abrams will direct the film and there are no casting details.
Before the scandal, rival studio Sony had a biopic of Armstrong in the works with the cyclist's friend Jake Gyllenhaal scheduled to take the lead.http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/21/lance-armstrong-shame-hollywood-film?CMP=twt_gu