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J.J. Abrams Planning Lance Armstrong Film

January 18, 2013  |  5:20pm
J.J. Abrams Planning Lance Armstrong Film

Well that was fast.

Just a day after Lance Armstrong officially confessed to illegal doping in a highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot producers J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk plan to make a movie about the cyclist.

The group has apparently just closed a deal for the screen rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a yet unpublished book written by Juliet Macur and set to be released by HarperCollins. A New York Times sports reporter, Macur has been following Armstrong for the better part of a decade, covering his cancer diagnosis, his record-breaking seven Tour de France wins and the subsequent doping allegations.

Sony Pictures previously had a Lance Armstrong project in the works, with Jake Gyllenhall even set to star as the cyclist. The film was shelved after the cheating accusations began seriously plaguing Armstrong’s career.

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