Al Pacino to play Penn State's Joe Paterno in new HBO movie

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However, a year later, HBO announced that it had "suspended pre-production for a moment to deal with budget issues". If you went to Penn State or are even remotely familiar with the life and times of Paterno (as I, a Penn State alumni, am), then you'll know that Pacino's casting of Paterno is quite flawless. Debora Cahn, John C. Richards, and David McKenna will write.

According to Variety, the film with be directed and executively produced by Barry Levinson. The film will focus on Paterno's dueling legacies as the most successful coach in college football history and his alleged part in covering up the sexual abuse scandal of his former associate, Jerry Sandusky.

Pacino is the only actor cast in the movie at this time. Paterno died just a couple of months later at the age of 85. While he informed an administrator, they did not call police, even after a graduate assistant and future assistant coach witnessed Sandusky in an encounter that looked like an act of sodomy with a child in the locker room showers. He collaborated with Levinson on You Don't Know Jack where he played Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector, the eponymous movie about famous music producer Phil Spector, who was convicted of murder in the 2003 killing of actress Lana Clarkson. Paterno will be played by Academy Award-winner Al Pacino.

Pacino is repped by UTA. He was the head football coach at Penn State from 1966 until his dismissal in 2011.

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