Columbia pictures is making a biopic about Lance Armstrong. Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) is set to write the script, because he knows a thing or two about men riding things. The movie will track Armstrong’s comeback from cancer and his improbable run of seven consecutive Tour de France titles. The movie will be based on the biography he wrote, along with Sally Jenkins, called It’s Not About the Bike, which was published in 2000. Therefore, the movie presumably will not include anything about the doping allegations, or how he left his wife after she stood beside him while he had cancer for Sheryl Crow, who he also later dumped. That’s not very inspirational.
The movie will include men riding bicycles, and probably a manufactured antagonist, likely French. There will probably be a photo-finish involved, too, even though Armstrong usually won by six minutes or more. Because we need antagonists, and we hate the French. And we love photo finishes!
Matt Damon was once considered for the role, although no lead has yet been cast.
Frank Marshall is producing and may eventually direct.