UPDATED, 12:10 PM: Momentum Pictures and DirecTV said Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program will bow February 18 on the satellite service ahead of its March 18 theatrical release. It’s the first such deal for Momentum and DirecTV, which has been building its DirecTV Cinema Exclusives Premiere program that offers a 30-day exclusive window ahead of a theatrical bow. The platform has 45 films to date.
PREVIOUSLY, SEPTEMBER 13: Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama The Program has been acquired for North America by Momentum Pictures. The film, starring Ben Foster as Armstrong, screens in Toronto today. StudioCanal is handling international rights.
Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons and Lee Pace costar in the film, which charts the disgraced cyclist’s battles against cancer, multiple victories in the Tour de France and subsequent outing and humiliation as a drug cheat. John Hodge (Trainspotting) adapted David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced the film alongside Tracey Seaward and Kate Solomon, while Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern, Amelia Granger and Liza Chasin exec produced
Aska Yamaguchi of Studiocanal brokered the deal with Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe representing Momentum Pictures.