JJ Abrams secures rights for Lance Armstrong biopic

By Vanessa Frith,

While Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace may have cost him his tour de France titles and a lifetime ban from cycling, it has been good news for JJ Abrams.

Deadline reports that the Star Trek Into Darkness director’s production company, Bad Robot, and Paramount have gained the screen rights to the upcoming book, Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong.

Written by New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur, a veritable expert on Armstrong after covering his story for nearly a decade, the book comes hard on the heels of Armstrong’s confession of doping to Oprah.

While the cancer survivor and seven time Tour de France winner almost received the Hollywood treatment in the past, this biopic won’t have the same hero story that Sony’s previous venture was meant to, according to the New York Daily News.

While NPR reports that there has been no announcement of a director, actors, or start date, viewers can presume that the film will not be out for some time.

Macur’s book is due out this June via HarperCollins.

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