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Sony Pictures Classics to release documentary ‘The Armstrong Lie’

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired distribution rights to a new documentary about Lance Armstrong. It’s called “The Armstrong Lie” and is directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”), who spent four years following the disgraced cyclist, beginning in 2009.

In a news release, Sony Pictures Classics said that Gibney started following Armstrong as he left retirement and tried to win another Tour de France title. “Unexpectedly,” the release said, “Gibney was also there in 2012 when Armstrong admitted to doping, following a federal criminal investigation, public accusations of doping by his ex-teammates and an investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.” Gibney’s movie then changed directions and rather than being a “chronicle of a comeback,” it “became an examination into the anatomy of a lie.”

The release date for the movie has not been announced.