Al Pacino to Portray Joe Paterno in an Untitled Biopic

The Oscar-winning actor will play the beleaguered Penn State University football coach in this new drama.

Al Pacino will portray Joe Paterno in an untitled biopic
Al Pacino will portray Joe Paterno in an untitled biopic
Al Pacino is attached to play former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming biopic, based on Joe Posnanski's biography, Paterno.

The book will delve into the coach's life before becoming PSU's head football coach back in 1966, the influence he had over the school, and his eventual downfall after last year's scandal that rocked Happy Valley and the entire college football community. Jerry Sandusky, Penn State's defensive coordinator, was revealed as a pedophile who sexually assaulted young boys for decades. Joe Paterno was fired after 46 years at the school, for his role in trying to cover up the scandal. He died in January at the age of 85.

It is said that the project could be developed for either a feature film or a TV movie at this point, although it isn't known if a screenwriter has been brought on board to adapt the non-fiction book. Al Pacino has already played a football coach in Oliver Stone's 1999 drama Any Given Sunday, although the torrid events portrayed in that fictional film pale in comparison to this real-life scandal.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (4)


    We do not need a a film about this... completely dumb...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  2. skywise

    @john-m My thoughts exactly.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. thedude-abides

    De Niro would make a better Jo Pa, but I agree with @john-m. A little early, and everyone already knows the story.

    If the story was set within the final months of his life, however, when all the Sandusky sh*t hit the fan, it might be cool to get a little introspective take into what Paterno was going through.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  4. John M

    Really? Do we need a film based on the couches life this soon. It's only been a few months since his death, and you know what the story is going to be about. Everyone should have at least a basic idea of what happened.

    3 years agoby @john-mFlag

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