J.J. Abrams, the man behind TV shows Lost, Fringe and Revolution, is set to produce an upcoming Lance Armstrog biopic.
The news comes on the heels of Armstrong’s two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey where he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. Armstrong attested that he couldn’t have won the Tour de France without using PEDs and having oxygen-boosting blood transfusions. He was ultimately stripped of all his titles and endorsement deals.
Paramount PIctures and Abrams, who executive produced films like Super 8 and Star Trek, has secured the movie rights to the upcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong. The book is being written by New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur and will hit shelves on June 18.
Sony Pictures attempted to get an Armstrong biopic, based on the biker’s 2001 autobiography It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, off the ground last summer, but the studio dropped the film when the doping allegations started to surface.