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Pacino to play Paterno in upcoming movie
By CHRISTY LEMIRE, AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach.

Producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct "Happy Valley," the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanski's best-seller "Paterno."

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"'Happy Valley' reunites the 'Scarface' and 'Carlito's Way' team of De Palma and 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 said in a statement. No start or release dates were given for the film.

While Pressman said the plot remains "under wraps," Posnanski's book followed Paterno's final years as the winningest coach in college football history, who saw his career end in disgrace in 2011 with the sex abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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58Comments
Jan 17, 2013 6:39PM
Jan 17, 2013 6:37PM
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Not a very good idea they should of made Scarface 2. lol
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Al's going to be a busy man.  Isn't he also starring as the infamous music producer, Phil Spector, in an HBO made-for-TV movie?  I still say his greatest movie was "Dog Day Afternoon."
Jan 17, 2013 6:23PM
Jan 17, 2013 6:14PM
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Michael Moore should play the Jerry role! It would be so fitting, one A**hole plays another!
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