It’s just the beginning for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
J.J. Abrams, television producer, screenwriter and director of such television serial hits as Alias, Lost and Fringe, is planning on creating a biopic, a biographical film that dramatizes the life of Armstrong.
Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, in conjunction with Paramount pictures, plan to get the story that has gripped the nation to the silver screen, a studio spokeswoman said Friday.
The co-producers have already secured the rights to the book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong, by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, which is due out in June of this year.
Macur covered the seven-time Tour de France winner for the better part of a decade, including Armstrong’s ignominious fall, capped by his interview with Oprah.
No date, director or actors have been set yet for the film. Armstrong would not be playing himself.
3.2 million viewers tuned in to see the two-part interview with Winfrey on her OWN network. Armstrong admitted openly to using performance-enhancing drugs to reach his historic victories, something he had denied defiantly for years.
The International Olympic Committee stripped Armstrong of his 2000 bronze medal this week.