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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Alex Gibney's Long-Gestating Lance Armstrong Doc 'The Armstrong Lie'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 24, 2013 at 12:50PM

After sitting on the shelf at Sony, Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong documentary "The Armstrong Lie" has found its worldwide distributor in Sony Pictures Classics. The film centers on Armstrong's life and career over the past four years -- from his return to cycling out of retirement in 2009 to the much-publicized doping scandal in 2012, which stripped him of his Tour de France medals.
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Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong

Alex Gibney's long-in-the-works Lance Armstrong documentary "The Armstrong Lie" has finally found its worldwide distributor in Sony Pictures Classics. The film centers on Armstrong's life and career over the past four years -- from his return to cycling out of retirement in 2009 to the much-publicized doping scandal in 2012, which stripped him of his Tour de France medals. Gibney had to keep interviewing Armstrong to keep up with the evolving story.

In the film, Gibney not only obtained unprecedented interview access with Armstrong but his former teammates, doctors and professionals. No word yet on a stateside release date.

It's been unclear which division of Sony would release the film -- the studio, which backed the production, or boutique, art-house SPC. In an email to TOH!, Gibney indicated that while Sony wasn't sure how to release the film, it was SPC that gave him the money to finish it.

Prolific Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" hit theaters this spring (our TOH! video interview with him is here), while "Mea Maxima Culpa" had its HBO debut earlier this year. He won the Oscar in 2007 for "Taxi to the Dark Side."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.