We learned last week that Sony Pictures Classics will release Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s documentary ‘The Armstrong Lie,’ which bows at the Venice Film Festival in a few weeks. But it appears that isn’t the only Armstrong movie in the works. A couple of feature films about the discraced cyclist also appear to be in the early stages of production. According to an exclusive from Deadline.com, the excellent Ben Foster (who thrilled in "The Messenger" alongside Woody Harrelson) will star in a film about Armstrong written by "Trainspotting" writer John Hodge.
Deadline also says that "The Queen" director Stephen Frears is working on a biopic about Armstrong, as is Warner Brothers, which apparently plans to have Jay Roach ("Game Change," "Meet the Fockers") direct a film based off the life rights of former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton. And then there’s the alleged plan of Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk to make a film based on the HarperCollins book "Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong" by New York Times sportwriter Juliet Macur.
Sounds like this could all lead to some serious Armstrong fatigue.
But these things have a way of changing, of course, and these speculated projects may never come to fruition. The only one we know will definitely see the light of day is Gibney’s documentary.
Read all of Deadline’s speculation here.