That didn't take long. Just days after he spilled his guts to Oprah Winfrey about taking performance enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong's story is getting the big-screen treatment. Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures, along with producers and , will base the movie on the not-yet-published Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur. As a sports reporter for the New York Times, Macur has written about Armstrong for the last ten years, covering his battle with cancer, his seven Tour de France wins, and now his subsequent doping admission.
The narrative of Armstrong's success has been well documented. Recovering from cancer to win seven Tour titles made the Texan a living legend and a symbol that, through hard work and dedication, anything is possible. He founded the charity Livestrong and raised huge amounts of cash and awareness for cancer sufferers everywhere. He was more than a man; he was an international brand, recognizable the world over. He was a hero, put on a pedestal to be worshiped like a sporting Titan. He was untouchable.
He was also a liar.
The old adage goes that when something seems too good to be true, then it usually is. Not only was Armstrong and his team at the center of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," but he was also a liar, a cheat, and a bully. We all know the public persona of Lance Armstrong, now we'll get the chance to see the man behind the curtain.
At the moment there is no one on board to write, direct, or star in the movie, so let your imagination run wild with suggestions in the comments. You never know, Hollywood may be listening.
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