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Pacino As Paterno: It’s Happening, De Palma To Direct

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Al Pacino has played some pretty varied–and controversial–characters over the years, but the news of his latest project is taking some by surprise.

Director Brian De Palma will helm a film about disgraced football coach Joe Paterno, and he and producer Edward R. Pressman say they can’t think of a better man to play Paterno than Pacino. As of now, the film has a working title of “Happy Valley” but is in very early stages.

“Happy Valley reunites the Scarface and Carlito’s Way team of De Palma & Pacino for the third time and I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw,” Pressman said.

It’s unclear just how much of the film will focus on the Penn State scandal or if Jerry Sandusky will play a big part in the movie, but both seem inevitable. Of course, if the movie does focus more on Paterno’s football accomplishments–including being the winningest coach in college football history and having a statue erected in his honor–it will also most likely show the bitter end, when he was ultimately found to be guilty of covering up Sandusky’s sex crimes and had his titles stripped from him posthumously.

Pacino As Paterno: It’s Happening, De Palma To Direct
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  • Alex Perciful

    I do not appreciate you refering to Joe Paterno as “disgraced football coach Joe Paterno.” He is still remembered and loved by everyone who actually knew him. The MEDIA is a disgrace and people like you who throw terms around so loosely. I respect that you are probably a decent writer, but watch how you say things, “disgraced” could easily been said something along the lines of the controversial, or imfamous, he is not disgraced by any means.

    • Eric

      The man withheld information about a child rapist, abuser, and overall sick human being.
      The guy who walked in on Jerry Sandusky is responsible as well.

      The administration should have immediately notified the authorities. They kept it a secret and it blew up in their faces.

      Yes, he’s rightfully a disgrace.

  • Alex Perciful

    Also he was NOT found guilt of ANYTHING, the NCCA is not and does not have a governing body. Try to get something right in your ignorant(and I say that with the actual meaning of the word) blog.

  • http://yahoo.com Teresa Campbell

    I love Al Pacino and I think he will get it right any way they play it. I can’t wait to see the movie. I agree that Paterno should have let the authorities know imediately. I want to see how the movie goes.