WB and Jay Roach Plan Different Film About Doping Cyclist Racer
by Ethan Anderton
March 8, 2013
While we were at Sundance earlier this year, news broke of Lance Armstrong admitting to using performances enhancing drugs to win Tour de France titles. Shortly thereafter, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot teamed to land the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book set to be published through Harper Collins that chronicles the rise and fall of the once inspiring professional cyclist. Now the race is to the big screen as Deadline reports Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven (producer of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) and Alex Gartner are working on the story from another angle.
The life rights to Tyler Hamilton have been purchased to become part of a feature film from Side Effects and Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns, and director Jay Roach. Who is Hamilton? Well, he's another professional cyclist who was part of Armstrong's close-knit US Postal Service Team. The Olympic gold medalist was one of the first to testify about the drug use in competition. In addition to Hamilton's story, the life rights of other key individuals in Armstrong's fall from grace will help complete the sports scandal that made headlines earlier this year. Frankly, I wish this wasn't part of the all too frequent battle between studios with two wholly similar projects, but we'll have to wait and see how this turns out.