Rumor: Brian De Palma and Al Pacino are teaming up for a film about Joe Paterno

"Scarface," "Carlito's Way" alums will tackle the life of the longtime Penn State football coach


Producer Edward R. Pressman confirmed in a statement that the movie, with a working title of "Happy Valley," will star Pacino as the late Nittany Lions coach and be directed by De Palma, The Associated Press reports. As first reported by, the movie will be based on Joe Posnanski's best-selling biography, "Paterno." David McKenna ("American History X,""Blow") has reportedly been approached to write the script.

"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. (Read accounts of the announcement here.)

No start or release dates were given, although the Los Angeles Times said the biopic is expected to come out in 2014. According to ABC News, the film's plot remains "under wraps." But Posnanski's book followed Paterno's final years, when the coach's decorated life and career were undone by his alleged involvement in the cover-up of former Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's child molestations. Paterno died Jan. 22, 2012; Sandusky was sentenced to a minimum 30 years in prison in October.

Sandusky sentence under appeal

Last week, Sandusky, 68, appeared in a central Pennsylvania courthouse for his first appeal hearing. According to the Patriot News, his lawyer, Joe Amendola, argued that the defense team wasn't given sufficient time to review thousands of pages of documents from the prosecution, but acknowledged that he has not found any evidence that would have "materially changed his case."



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