Lance Armstrong Documentary Gets Distribution Via Sony Classics

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Film follows fallen hero since 2009

Sony Pictures Classics will handle the worldwide release Alex Gibney’s Lance Armstrong documentary “The Armstrong Lie,” chronicling the cyclist’s fall from hero status.

The film is produced by Gibney, Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach, centers on Armstrong’s life and career over the last four years. A release date has not been set.

Armstrong became world famous by beating cancer and winning the Tour de France seven times. Beginning in 2009, Gibney followed Armstrong for four years to chronicle his return to cycling after retirement and his 2012 admission of doping, followed by a federal criminal investigation, public accusations of doping by  ex-teammates and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Sony Classics said the film includes interviews with Armstrong’s former teammates, doctors and professionals as well as Armstrong.

“On this long-distance ride, full of unpredictable twists and turns, I learned a lot about one spectacular sport – cycling – as well as the ethic of winning at all costs that pervades most sports and society-at-large,” Gibney said.

Gibney won the Oscar for feature documentary for 2007’s “Taxi to the Dark Side.” His most recent film is “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” released in May by Focus.

Producers Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach added, “We set out to make a movie about a comeback — with unlimited and unprecedented access to Armstrong and the inner-workings of the Tour de France. Along the way, we ended up chronicling the collapse of one of the greatest myths and legends of our time.”


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