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by Shane Stokes
October 20, 2017
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Over two years after the Lance Armstrong biopic ‘The Program’ had its premier, a dispute about the exclusion of one of the key figures from the story is heading to the courts and will be heard in January.
The movie catalogued Armstrong’s battle with journalists or, rather, with one journalist. Pierre Ballester worked with David Walsh for many years, co-writing La Confidentiel, LA Officiel and writing the bulk of a follow-up book, Le Sale Tour (The Dirty Tour). Walsh’s Seven Deadly Sins drew heavily on those yet, while it was the basis for the movie, the film excludes Ballester and his contribution.
It grossed $3 million worldwide and also generated considerable sales of a reissued Seven Deadly Sins.
At the time of the movie’s release two years ago, Ballester claimed that Walsh called him and asked him to sign away his rights. The Frenchman said he rejected that request and heard nothing after that. At the same time another key figure, former professional Christophe Bassons, told the Le Monde newspaper that he was also asked to sign over rights for one dollar. He also refused. Ballester told Le Monde in 2015 that he felt he had been treated unfairly.
“They can write the scene as they see fit and make David the journalist against the rest of the world, but they can not make up the reality of the facts: we were two, 50-50, in writing,” he said. “It’s eight years of partnership trampled.”
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