21 January 2013 7:13 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) While Al Pacino is all set to play Joe Paterno in Brian De Palma's Happy Valley, the wheels are also in motion for a big-screen take on the life of another disgraced sports hero: Lance Armstrong. Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot have closed a deal to the rights for Juliet Marcur's upcoming biography "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong", just days after Armstrong confessed to years of cheating and denial in an interview with Oprah. Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) was at one point attached to direct an Armstrong movie for Sony starring the biker's buddy Jake Gyllenhaal, but hat was a few years ago, and the theme around Armstrong's story has greatly shifted from "inspirational sports story" to "epic fall from grace." Personally, I don't see the drama in a feature film based on a story so recent and fresh on most of our minds. »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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