From Hoo-ha to Joe Pa.
A movie about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is currently slated to star Al Pacino, according to a report by deadline.com. ICM Partners, a talent agency, will be taking a package for the movie, based on the recent biography about Paterno, next week, the website says.
Pacino’s manager, Rick Nicita, will be the movie’s producer. Pacino has experience with the gridiron, having played a football coach in “Any Given Sunday.”
The movie will feature Paterno’s rise to one of the greatest college football coaches of all time and worshipped figure at Penn State to the shame in which he was fired last year amid the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Sandusky, Paterno’s former assistant coach and a school employee, was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse against young boys and is expected to spend the remainder of his life in prison. Paterno’s knowledge of Sandusky’s actions is up for debate, but the Freeh report, commissioned by Penn State’s board, fingered Paterno as part of the university’s massive coverup.
Paterno died two months after his firing.