Sony Pictures Classic, Gibney to unveil “The Armstrong Lie”

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that Alex Gibney's long-in-the-works documentary on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong (pictured) will now be called The Armstrong Lie.
July 24, 2013

Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has announced that Alex Gibney’s long-in-the-works documentary on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong (pictured) will now be called The Armstrong Lie.

The film was previously known as Lance Armstrong: The Road Back. SPC has confirmed it will release the film worldwide, although no release date has been set for the doc as of yet.

As revealed by realscreen on Monday (July 22), the documentary will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September. It is produced by Gibney, Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach.

Beginning in 2009, Academy Award-winner Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) followed Armstrong for four years, chronicling his return to cycling after retirement as he tried to win his eighth Tour de France title.

Events took a twist when Armstrong admitted to doping in 2012, and the film promises unparalleled access to Armstrong’s former team-mates, doctors, and professionals, many of whom have never before spoken to the media about the cyclist.

The film also promises “unprecedented access to Armstrong himself,” although it is unclear at present whether or not it will include an interview with Armstrong after his infamous mea culpa.

“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 Classic.”

In a joint statement, producers Marshall and 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.”

This year’s TIFF takes place from September 5-15.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.