Deadline reports that two major studios are trying to make a film on the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. For years, the public hotly debated whether 7-time Tour de France champion Armstong had been doping but the issue was never fully resolved until this year, when Armstrong sat down with Oprah Winfrey and admitted to it.
Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline writes that:
“Warner Bros has acquired an untitled project from Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner that will be scripted by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns to be directed by Jay Roach”
Warner Bros. also has the life rights to Tyler Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist who was a teammate of Armstrong’s on the US Postal Service Team. Hamilton was one of the first people to come out and testify under oath with doping accusations against Armstrong. This is huge news for Warner Bros., because Hamilton’s early accusations are a big part of the story.
Paramount and Bad Robot (J.J. Abrams company) have set up a project as well, to be based on an upcoming novel from sports reporter Juliet Macur. Macur covered Armstrong for over a decade from the time he battled cancer, throughout his vicious denial of doping and to his recently ill-received admission.
Bradley Cooper wants to play Armstrong and he has spoken to Abrams about it. Cooper is coming off of a strong performance in Silver Linings Playbook in which he played a man with bipolar disorder who is tries to win back his wife.
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The incredibly uncomfortable interview with Oprah Winfrey needs to be in the movie.
If Cooper gets this role with Paramount, he will play one of the biggest villains of recent history. For year, Armstrong viciously denied allegations brought against him. He even sued his accusers for defamation.