Share this Story

Al Pacino tackles fallen hero Joe Paterno

Krystal Clark is a Los Angeles based entertainment writer who loves all things sci-fi, comic book and fantasy. When she's not consuming other worldly genres, she likes to soak up classic cinema. Krystal has a real soft spot for Frank Cap...

Pacino as JoePa

Al Pacino's latest role is both buzzworthy and controversial. The actor's taking on former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. During the final year of his life, the school and Paterno's career were tarnished amidst a major molestation scandal.

Pacino as JoePa

Does Al Pacino have a thing for biopics? The Oscar-winning actor has done more than a few "based on a true story" films. But his latest is a real headline grabber: Pacino's set to play the legendary college football coach, Joe Paterno.

Bette Midler teaming up with Al Pacino for HBO's Phil Spector movie >>

According to Deadline, Pacino and director Brian De Palma will join forces for Happy Valley. Edward R. Pressman is producing and has optioned the book Paterno, which was written by Joe Posnanski. It turns out Pacino's been loosely attached to play the coach since last fall.

Happy Valley reunites the Scarface and Carlito’s Way team of De Palma and 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.

We're not sure how much of Paterno's life Happy Valley will cover. The site claims that producers are trying to keep a "low profile" regarding the story's focus. Dave McKenna, who previously wrote American History X and Blow, could write the script.

Disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno dead at 85  >>

Paterno died in Jan. 2012 from lung cancer, shortly after being fired from his position at Penn State. He was at the center of a sex scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was accused of molesting several minors under the guise of a charity. It was later revealed that Paterno was aware of his behavior, but didn't report it.

What do you think of Pacino as Paterno?

Photo credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Follow Us

SheKnows Media ‐ Entertainment

New in Entertainment

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!

b h e a r d !

Welcome to the new SheKnows Community,

where you can share your stories, ideas

and CONNECT with millions of women.

Get Started