Sony Pictures Classics has announced, via Twitter, that Alex Gibney’s latest will open on November 8, 2013. Titled The Armstrong Lie and written by Peter Elkind (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), it’s a film about cyclist Lance Armstrong that has been in the works for a long time, way before the truth about Armstrong’s doping came out. Back in March, Gibney told me a little about how the project changed following the controversy:
I did expect it to be more of a sports film. Actually, even in the earlier version there was a good bit about doping in it. But in the process of making the first version, I came to love the sport and think I shot it in a way that had never been done before. I am trying to preserve some of that. Frankly, if the sport disappears from the film, what are we talking about?
The Armstrong Lie will first premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2013, and then screen at the Toronto International Film Festival one week later.