While director Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic is churning along with Ben Foster in the lead, Paramount and Bad Robot have reportedly set a screenwriter for their own take on the cyclist’s life. D.V. DeVincentis (Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity) will pen an adaptation of Juliet Macur’s book, “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong”. Macur, a reporter at The New York Times, covered Armstrong’s career for a period that covered his bout with testicular cancer, to his seven Tour de France titles, to the stripping of those honors after admitting to engaging in illegal doping. Hit the jump for more.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Lee Pace (Lincoln) will join Ben Foster in the untitled Lance Armstrong picture scripted by John Hodge and directed by Stephen Frears.
- Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) is in talk to join Clive Owen in co-writers and directors Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka King of the Kastle.
- Famke Janssen (Hemlock Grove) has joined John Cusack in the crime thriller Kickback. The picture also stars Sean Astin, Misha Barton, Michael Biehn, John Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stelio Savante, Tom Sizemore and Sean Young.
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Sony Pictures Classics has released posters for their upcoming 2013 films. Briefly:
- The Armstrong Lie – The new documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) looks at the rise and fall of cyclist of Lance Armstrong, but isn’t a story about doping. According to Gibney’s it’s “about power”. Click here to watch the trailer. The film opens on November 8th.
- The Past – Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) star in a tale about a French woman who beings a new relationship when her Iranian husband leaves her, and asks for a divorce upon his return. The film opens December 20th.
- The Invisible Woman – The film revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan, with director Ralph Fiennes playing Dickens and Felicity Jones playing Ternan. Click here to watch the trailer. The film opens on December 25th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
A few months ago, we reported that Stephen Frears (The Queen) was set to direct a film based on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. The film stars Ben Foster as Armstrong, and John Hodge‘s script will reportedly focus on “Armstrong’s career from his cancer ordeal to the scandal that brought him down.” Empire has released the first image from the movie as well as provided some new casting and story details. Chris O’Dowd is set to co-star as Irish sports journalist David Walsh, who was one of the first people to suspect that Armstrong may be doping. O’Dowd will be joined by Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Guillaume Canet (Tell No One), whose roles are currently unknown.
Hit the jump to check out the image. Filming is expected to continue until the early spring. In a related story, Alex Gibney‘s documentary about Armstrong’s rise and fall, The Armstrong Lie, will open in limited release on November 8th. The success of that movie could provide a barometer about the public’s continued interest in Armstrong.
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) documentary The Armstrong Lie. Gibney’s film takes a fascinating look at the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, as this documentary actually began in 2009 as a look at Armstrong’s comeback. After having shot a fair amount of footage in which the cyclist denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs, Armstrong subsequently admitted to doping, and what ensued was a series of “after” interviews with Gibney in which Armstrong spoke candidly about his actions. As Gibney says in the narration of the trailer, this isn’t a story about doping but rather “about power,” and the footage that he amassed looks to provide a fascinating look inside Armstrong’s world. Word on the film was positive coming out of TIFF, and I’m certainly interested to see what insights are gleaned in this documentary.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The Armstrong Lie opens in theaters on November 8th.
Maybe it’s because I’m not into cycling, but I could not care less about Lance Armstrong. To me, he’s a guy who survived testicular cancer, cheated to win a bunch of Tour de France titles, denied that he was cheating for a long time, and then finally admitted he was cheating. He’s not the first athlete to cheat, and he won’t be the last. That doesn’t make him a compelling figure, and yet Alex Gibney will have a documentary about the cyclist, The Armstrong Lie, at TIFF, and there are also three non-documentary features in the works. Working Title has one by Stephen Frears (The Queen) and starring Ben Foster. The second is Bad Robot partners J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk adapting Juliet Macur‘s book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong. The third, Red Blooded American, is by Jay Roach, and Deadline is reporting that Bradley Cooper has joined the project to produce and possibly star.
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Add yet another “Lance Armstrong doping scandal” movie to the list. Almost as soon as Armstrong copped to doping during his tenure as a 7-time champion of the Tour de France, Hollywood starting moving forward on feature film iterations of his story. Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot were the first studios to take action, as the two studios have teamed up to adapt the Juliet Macur book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong. Warner Bros. is also developing its own version of the story with Jay Roach (Game Change) attached to direct from a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), but now it appears that the first film to actually move forward may come from High Fidelity and The Queen director Stephen Frears and Working Title Pictures. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: Deadline has updated their story to note that Ben Foster is in final talks to play Lance Armstrong in the film, which has a script by Trainspotting scribe John Hodge and focuses on "Armstrong's career from his cancer ordeal to the scandal that brought him down."]
Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting, multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth. Unfolding like an exciting political spy thriller with a cast of complex characters, the film confirms that real life is often more compelling than fiction as it chronicles the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. The enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall are paralleled with that of PFC Bradley Manning, the brilliant, troubled young soldier who was the source of all the documents that WikiLeaks is famous for.
In this exclusive interview, Gibney talked to me about his reasons for doing the film and how they evolved as he learned more, his impressions of Assange, why Manning was central to the story, how not being able to interview the two key players led to a more powerful film, the challenge of making a documentary that appeals to both men’s supporters and detractors, his response to Oliver Stone’s criticism, his thoughts about the role of media, transparency and the issue of privacy in the internet age, and his upcoming documentary, Lance Armstrong: The Road Back. Hit the jump to read more:
Paramount and Warner Bros. may be working together on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but the studios are each developing their own bicycle doping scandal pic. Paramount and Bad Robot acquired the rights for book proposal Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by author Juliet Macur; Warner Bros. will instead tell the story of Armstrong’s teammate, Tyler Hamilton. The studio has acquired Hamilton’s life rights and will tell the story of the former professional bike racer who was in Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team. WB has set Scott Burns (Side Effects) to script the picture with Jay Roach (Recount, Game Change) set to direct. Hit the jump for more.
A Lance Armstrong movie is indeed moving forward, but it’s probably not the one that the famous cyclist had in mind. A biopic of the seven-time Tour de France champion had been in development for a quite a while with Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal involved in the project at different times, but now following Armstrong’s confession regarding doping charges, a feature film is in the works that focuses on the darker side of the cyclist’s life. Deadline reports that J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk have acquired the screen rights to the book proposal Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by author Juliet Macur.
It’s unclear in what capacity Abrams and Burk will be involved, but one assumes they’re solely onboard as producers. Paramount Pictures and Abrams and Burke’s Bad Robot will produce the film, which is likely to draw a considerable amount of attention.