Joe Paterno is set to come to the big screen in the form of Al Pacino.
Melissa Glassman, creative executive at Pressman Film, confirmed that Pacino will be starring as Paterno and Brian De Palma will be directing the film, currently under the working title “Happy Valley.”
The actor and director duo has previously worked together on 1983’s “Scarface” and 1993’s “Carlito’s Way.”
According to BBC News, the film’s producer Edward Pressman obtained the movie rights from Joe Posnanski, author of the best-selling biography “Paterno.”
Student Erin Andrews said she is looking forward to seeing how the project turns out.
“Nobody can replace JoePa, but it will be interesting to see what happens,” Andrews (junior-toxicology) said.
Ally Brennan said she thinks making a film on Joe Paterno’s life is a great idea.
Brennan (freshmen-marketing) said she thinks Pacino and De Palma will do a good job in showing the positive aspect’s of the football coach’s life.
Posnanski's book followed Paterno's life as the winningest coach in college football history to Paterno’s career end in 2011, yet the actual plot of the movie is not officially known.
No start or release dates have been given for the film.
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