The Joe Paterno statue has only been removed for a short while, Penn State is only now starting to feel the effects of the sanctions, and yet a Paterno biopic is already in the works. No word who will play Jerry Sandusky in the film.
From Awful Announcing:
Joe Posnanski’s Paterno bio has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Now, that book is being considered as the basis for a movie based on the life of Joe Paterno. And the man being considered to play Paterno on the silver screen is one of Hollywood’s biggest legends – Al Pacino. Although many major pieces like a script, a director, and a movie deal still need to fall into place, Deadline reports Pacino is scheduled to play Paterno in the planned film. Pacino has portrayed classic movie characters like Michael Corleone and Tony Montana and even has experience as a grizzled football coach in Any Given Sunday.
More details from the Deadline report:
“ICM Partners next week will be taking a package for a movie about former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno with Al Pacino attached to play the man called JoePa by most students at Happy Valley. The package will be built around Joe Posnanski’s biography Paterno, which is now atop The New York Times Bestseller List in its second week. Pacino’s manager, Rick Nicita, will produce.
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