Warner Bros. is setting up their own Lance Armstrong biopic, landing Jay Roach to direct from a script by Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects). We reported in January that Paramount and J.J. Abrams is producing an adaptation of Juliet Macur's book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.
The Warner Bros. movie has secured the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, one of Lance Armstrong's teammates on the United States Postal Service cycling team. He was one of the first to testify under oath that Lance Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs. He also came forward publicly in a 60 Minutes interview segment. The studio is also trying to secure the life right of several others involved in the scandal.
After years of allegations that he was doping during his record seven Tour De France victories, Lance Armstrong came clean and admitted his use of illegal substances in a January interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing through their Atlas Entertainment company, along with 60 Minutes producer Michael Radutzky. No production schedule was given.
Jay Roach most recently directed The Campaign for Warner Bros., and the Emmy-winning HBO Films political movie Game Change.