By Carlton Reid, BikeBiz.com
Sony and Columbia Pictures say their proposed movie about Lance Armstrong "would not be complete" without real-life stories from people inspired by Armstrong's "perseverance, courage and survival." Sign a binding online contract, and your experiences could cameo in the movie that's expected to place Matt Damon in the leading role.
The Sony Pictures 'Lance Armstrong Movie Project' website cuts to the quick, loading a "Life Story Submission Agreement, Personal Consent and Release" form.
"Please read this document carefully," suggests Sony Pictures. "If you have any questions about this Consent, you may also wish to print a copy and show it to your attorney for advice. The Consent is a binding agreement that will enable us to use your story in the Lance Armstrong movie."
In July 2004, BikeBiz.com reported that Frank Marshall, the producer of 'Seabiscuit', was at the Tour de France that year scoping background for a possible film about Lance Armstrong. It was reported that Matt Damon had been signed to play the part of the hero. Damon starred in another of Marshall's films, The Bourne Supremacy.
The Lance biopic will be based on Armstrong's autobiography, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life.
More information: www.sonypictures.com/movies/lancearmstrongproject