Al Pacino to portray Joe Paterno in new HBO film

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The scandal challenges his legacy and forces him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.

According to Variety, the longtime actor will play the former Penn State coach in an HBO movie directed by Barry Levinson about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at the university. Levinson was an executive producer on the film. The script will be penned by industry veterans Debora Cahn, John C. Richards, and David McKenna.

Originally, HBO Films had the Scarface duo of director Brian De Palma and Pacino who had paired up for the project, then titled Happy Valley, in 2012.

No word yet and who will portray Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky who is in prison after being found guilty of over 40 sexual abuse charges in 2012.

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Penn State fans will finally get to see Joe Paterno on the big screen. Lindsay Sloane also is exec producing for HBO Films and Sony Pictures Television. HBO has not announced a premiere date for his latest film.

Paterno coached at Penn State for seasons, winning 409 games and a pair of national championships.

Sandusky was arrested in 2011 on 52 counts of child sexual assault that occurred over a 15-year period.

The Sandusky scandal broke in November 2011, shortly after which Paterno was sacked. 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 ideal.

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