J.J. Abrams to Make Lance Armstrong Biopic

Bad Robot Productions acquires rights to sports reporter's book on the cyclist

January 19, 2013 5:49 PM ET
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J.J. Abrams speaks onstage at the "Revolution" panel session during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 3 on January 6th, 2013 in Pasadena, California.
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J.J. Abrams is preparing to make a movie about Lance Armstrong, Deadline reports. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, along with Paramount Pictures, just closed a deal to acquire the rights to a forthcoming book about the disgraced cyclist.

Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong, is the work of Juliet Macur, a New York Times sports writer who has been reporting on Armstrong's career for more than a decade, covering everything from his recovery from cancer to his denial of the doping allegations that he finally admitted to during an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week. The book is due out this June from HarperCollins. 

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Deadline previously reported that Sony Pictures had been planning a feature on Armstrong for years, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star as the cyclist. That project appeared to fade away when Armstrong stopped fighting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's charges.

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