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A years-in-the-making documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is finally getting a release, having been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.

"The Armstrong Lie" will focus on the last few years of Armstrong's career, when he was dogged by rumors of doping and ultimately admitted to cheating at the sport. Director Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room") originally began filming Armstrong in 2009, planning to tell the story of Armstrong's post-retirement comeback attempt in the Tour de France, but the focus soon became Armstrong's alleged -- then confirmed -- use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Gibney filmed Armstrong through it all -- he was there when Armstrong finally admitted to cheating last year -- and spoke with Armstrong's former teammates, doctors, and other professionals.

"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," producers Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach said in a statement.

"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," Gibney said in a statement.

No word yet on a specific release date, but expect this film to make waves when it debuts.

[via Deadline]
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