Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in Barry Levinson's HBO Film

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

According to Entertainment Weekly, the synopsis for the film reveals that the story will follow he longtime Nittany Lions coach as he "becomes embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victim".

The film, which does not yet have a title is being directed by Barry Levinson.

The film, which remains untitled, also starts Annie Parisse who will play Mary Kay Paterno, Joe Paterno's daughter.

Riley Keough is playing former Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim, who in 2011 was the first to report on a grand jury's investigation of Sandusky for allegations of child sexual abuse. Other executive producers he will be working with include Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward Pressman and Rick Nicita.

Debora Cahn, John C. Richards, and David McKenna are set to write the script. However, production was suspended by the network due to budget constraints, according to TV Line. The actor was previously tied to the cable network for the biopic, "You Don't Know Jack".

There is now no release date set for the film.

This is also the second time in Pacino's movie career that he will be playing a football coach. Pacino and Levinson worked together in "You Don't Know Jack" and "Phil Spector". But there are speculations that it will air sometime next year.

Renowned actor Al Pacino is portraying Joe Paterno in an upcoming film.

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