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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.