Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong Doc Nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics

8:56 AM PST 07/24/2013 by Erik Hayden
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Lance Armstrong

The film from the Oscar winner looks at the life and career of the cyclist during the past four years.

Alex Gibney's documentary look at Lance Armstrong has been picked up for worldwide release by Sony Pictures Classics. The film, titled The Armstrong Lie, chronicles the last several years of the cyclist's life and career. 

Gibney, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, started work on the title in 2009 during Armstrong's comeback attempt from cancer at the Tour de France and continued after his doping admission. 

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"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," said producers Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach in a statement.

The doc was originally titled The Road Back. As THR previously reported, the title began as a complement to Marshall's biopic centered on Armstrong's 2001 memoir.

"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," said Gibney in a statement. "I'm very proud of the final film, grateful for the support and skill of my fellow producers and the legendary distribution team at Sony Pictures Classics."

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