According to a Jan. 18 report from TheWrap.com, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ production studio, Bad Robot, have acquired the film rights to “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.” The book, being written by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, is currently in the proposal stage.
Macur has covered Armstrong’s life for more than a decade, including his seven consecutive Tour de France wins; his battle with testicular cancer; and the continuous debate on whether the cyclist had used performance enhancing drugs.
After years of denying all allegations, Armstrong recently admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he did use performance enhancing drugs during each of his Tour de France wins. He also apologized for the many years of deception. The first part of their interview ran on Winfrey’s channel, OWN, on Thursday night, and the second part will air tonight.
Paramount did not comment on the upcoming project, and it’s uncertain what roles Abrams and partner Bryan Burke will take on the film. In the past, the two served as producers for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Morning Glory,” neither of which Abrams directed.