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Warner Bros. making its own Lance Armstrong movie with ‘Game Change’ director

By Daniel S Levine,

Hollywood now has two Lance Armstrong movies in the works. Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment are reportedly teaming up for another biopic on the disgraced former cyclist. This one will be directed by Jay Roach.

Deadline first reported the project on Friday, after Warner Bros. acquired the project from Atlas’ Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Roach, the director behind HBO’s Game Change and Recount, will helm the project and produce with Gartner and Roven.

The project will likely show the events through the eyes of Tyler Hamilton, whose life rights are included in the deal. Hamilton was a member of Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team and was among the first to come out about doping within the team on 60 Minutes. Incidentally, 60 Minutes senior producer Michael Radutzky is also producing the project.

According to Entertainment Weekly, which confirmed the news on Monday, the script is being written by Scott Z. Burns, who worked on the Steven Soderbergh films The Informant! and Side Effects.

J.J. Abrams and Paramount are currently working on their own Armstrong biopic. Bradley Cooper was once linked to that project, but he denied the rumors in January.

 
 

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