If the phrase “Lance Armstrong film” is starting to sound overly familiar to your ears, you’re not imagining things – the true story of the disgraced cyclist is indeed the subject of no less than three competing films. While a pair of possible Armstrong features broke out of the gate early, the lagging third feature is now playing a big game of catch up.
Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot are getting things on track when it comes to their Armstrong picture, and have set D.V. DeVincentis to pen the feature. DeVincentis will work from Juliet Macur’s book, “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong,” who chronicled over a decade of Armstrong wins and loses (literal and metaphorical) at The New York Times.
Though Paramount was the first studio to announce their plans to make an Armstrong film, they were beaten to the punch – twice over – by other projects. First up is Stephen Frears’ film, set to star Ben Foster as Armstrong and Chris O’Dowd as journalist David Walsh (the film’s script has been adapted from Walsh’s book on the cyclist, as scripted by John Hodge). That film is nearly done filming, putting it quite firmly in the lead.
In a weak second is a Warner Bros. project currently titled Red Blooded American, which has director Jay Roach on board and Bradley Cooper attached to play one of two main roles in the film – Armstrong or fellow cyclist Tyler Hamilton, who helped out Armstrong’s misdeeds. Despite the involved big talent, it’s unknown when this film will get made. Hey, Paramount film! You might just be catching up!
Who else would you like to see play Armstrong on the big screen (if, of course, these other films happen)?
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