Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in upcoming Penn State scandal movie

  • Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in upcoming Penn State scandal movie

Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in upcoming Penn State scandal movie

Paterno died in 2012, just two months after he was sacked from Penn State. The film is set to be based off of Joe Posnanski's book, Paterno, which chronicles how the coach's legacy was ultimately tarnished by the sex scandal involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

The Oscar victor is set to play late college football legend Joe Paterno in a now untitled HBO movie that chronicles the coach's downfall in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

The film, which does not now have a title, will be directed by Barry Levinson, whose previous work includes titles such as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Rain Man (1991) and Wag the Dog (1997.) It will be produced by HBO and released by Sony Pictures. If you didn't go to Penn State, but are even mildly interested in either Pacino or Paterno, then you'll most likely be interested to see how this film comes together. The film will examine Paterno's role in the scandal.

The untitled Joe Paterno movie marks Oscar victor Pacino's fourth longform project at HBO.

Pacino is now the only actor tabbed to appear in the film. Levinson directed and executive produced "You Don't Know Jack", as well as executive produced "Phil Spector".

The Sandusky scandal was in the news again last week when three high ranking officials at Penn State were sentenced to prison for their involvement in allowing the abuse to continue. He is repped by UTA.