According to Deadline, director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino are attached to work on a film about controversial Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.
Previously reported, Pacino will star as the late once-admired coach. Happy Valley has been announced as the working title, and the script will be adapted from Joe Posnanski’s best-selling biography Paterno. Edward R. Pressman, known for Wall Street, and Pacino’s manager Nick Nicita will produce the film.
“Happy Valley reunites the Scarface and Carlito’s Way team of De Palma & 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 told Deadline.
Details of the film are currently being kept secret but it is expected to focus on the coach’s entire career as well as last year’s child abuse scandal involving his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, which caused Paterno’s firing. Pacino has already had success playing football coaches on film in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday.