LOS ANGELES Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach.
Producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct Happy Valley, the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanskis best-seller Paterno.
Happy Valley reunites the Scarface and Carlitos Way team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time, and I cant 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 in a statement. No start or release dates were given for the film.
While Pressman said the plot remains under wraps, Posnanskis book follows Paternos final years, as the winningest coach in college football history saw his career end in disgrace in 2011 with the sex-abuse scandal involving assistant Jerry Sandusky.