Al Pacino To Play Joe Paterno in HBO Movie

“After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.”

That is the official logline for a film that has been in and out of production for HBO since 2012. With executive producer Brian Da Palma at the helm, the film was in pre-production under the title, Happy Valley. As concerns over budgets increased in 2014, production came to halt. Shortly after, Da Palma left the production.

Since 2012, one star has remained on board, and that’s Oscar winner, Al Pacino. Already performing in other HBO projects such as Phil Spector, Angels in America, and You Don’t Know Jack, a biopic on Jack Kevorkian.

With Pacino still onboard, production has once again started, with director and executive producer of You Don’t Know Jack and executive producer of Phil Spector, Barry Levinson.

Levinson and Pacino’s working relationship is very intertwined, as they collaborated on 2014’s The Humbling. The film is now currently untitled, and no other casting decisions have been made. However, the project was definitely given the green light.

 

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