While Al Pacino often seems to be phoning it in these days, he’s now attached to role he may be able to really sink his teeth into, playing former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno, based on Joe Posnanski’s biography, Paterno.
The book delve’s 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 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 and ignore the scandal. He died in January at the age of 85.
At the moment the project could be developed for either a feature film or a TV movie, although it isn’t known if a screenwriter has been brought on board to adapt the non-fiction book. (Source: Deadline)