eOne is in negotiations to acquire North American rights to Stephen Frears‘ Lance Armstrong drama “The Program” in advance of the movie’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, an individual with knowledge of the situation has told TheWrap.
Ben Foster stars as Armstrong, the disgraced cycling champion whose fall from grace following a very public doping scandal was chronicled by journalist David Walsh, played by Chris O’Dowd in the film.
Working Title and StudioCanal produced the John Hodge-scripted movie, which is being sold by StudioCanal.
It’s unclear whether eOne intends to give “The Program” a U.S. theatrical release or how significant its commitment would be. Many of the company’s films debut on VOD.
A representative for eOne declined to comment, while representatives for StudioCanal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The Program” has been shopped around since Cannes and will be released overseas throughout the fall.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced the film with Tracey Seaward and Kate Solomon, while Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern, Amelia Granger and Liza Chasin executive produced.