While it was already confirmed in January that J.J. Abrams would produce a film based on the rise and fall and then even faster EPO-boosted rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, as we all know these days, any story worth telling is worth telling twice, preferably at the same time by competing studios. Thus Warner Bros. is prepping its own suspiciously fast spin on the Armstrong saga with Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns and Game Change director Jay Roach, whose respective talents with tales of prescription drugs and narcissists making terribly self-destructive decisions will certainly come in handy.
Though not explicitly a Lance Armstrong movie, the film is based on the life of Tyler Hamilton, the Olympic gold medalist and Armstrong teammate who was among the first to admit to taking performance-enhancing drugs—a confession that cost him his medals and cycling career, but now he’s got a successful book and a movie and he’s on the TV, so… Anyway, obviously this means there are now two Lance Armstrong movies racing toward the finish line, each searching for that extra little boost that will help them pull ahead. For example, staying hydrated, plus proper diet and exercise.
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