Gary Ross Writes Lance Armstrong Biopic
Posted by Brian on 06/11/2009
Source: Risky Business Blog
Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) has signed on to write a biopic of cyclist, Lance Armstrong. The film will be based on Armstrong’s first book, “It’s Not About The Bike” which recounts his difficult Texas upbringing, his cancer diagnosis in 1996, his relationship with his first wife and the birth of their first child, and his amazing comeback that saw him win his first Tour de France in 1999. Frank Marshall and Kennedy are producing the pic through their Kennedy/Marshall banner, and there’s still a possibility that Marshall might direct it himself.
The pic has been long gestating at Columbia Pictures with Jake Gyllenhaal rumoured to play the cyclist, but it was Armstrong’s attempt to come out of retirement this year to try to win a record eighth title that helped kick-start the project. “We got inspired by his comeback, and we were able to get going again,” Marshall said. The film could lens as early as next year.