Al Pacino as Joe Paterno on HBO
HBO is going there. The Penn State sexual abuse scandal and its links to the late Joe Paterno are being made into a movie on the network.
Paterno was the head coach at Penn State from 1966 to 2011, during which time he became the winningest coach in college football history. He was fired in 2011 in the fallout over the scandal involving longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested that year and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys.
While the film doesn’t yet have a title or a release date, it can confirm something much more important. Al Pacino will fit the bill as Paterno and Barry Levinson will be the executive producer and director.
In 2012, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for abusing 10 boys. Sandusky is appealing the case.
The scandal led to Paterno’s firing in November 2011, and he died of cancer two months later at the age of 85.
Pacino and Levinson’s involvement in this project makes this an immediate watch. Pacino has eight Oscar nominations under his belt including a win for Scent of a Woman back in 1993, and won an Emmy in 2010 f0r the HBO project You Don’t Know Jack. Meanwhile Levinson took home the Academy Award as best director for Rain Man back in 1989