Brian De Palma Will Direct Al Pacino As Disgraced Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

By Sean O'Connell 2013-01-16 15:51:55discussion comments
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This would be a completely inappropriate moment to make a ďSay hello to my little friendĒ joke, even though Al Pacino reportedly will be reteam with his Scarface director for a movie based on the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Brian De Palma will direct Pacino in the sure-to-be-controversial Happy Valley, according to Deadline. Paterno, of course, had his football legacy completely decimated after it was revealed that Penn Stateís former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was conducting several lewd relationships with underage boys Ė and soliciting them through his charitable organizations. Paterno was diagnosed with cancer at the tail end of this sordid national scandal, and died almost immediately. As Deadline notes, many who tracked the legendary coachís descent believed the scandal practically killed him as much as the cancer did.

Oddly enough, this will be a return to the sidelines for Pacino, who once played a fiery football coach for Oliver Stone in Any Given Sunday. The movie reportedly will be based on Joe Posnanskiís best-selling book Paterno, though itís unclear, at the moment, just how much of the movie will be dedicated to the Sandusky tragedy and how much might be an actual tribute to Paternoís accomplishments at Penn State. Pacino had been attached to the project since last September, when the scandal was even fresher in the public's mind.

De Palma isnít one of the names that you associate with docu-drama, ripped from the headlines filmmaking, though the ugly details of the Sandusky-Paterno relationship are right up the Dressed to Kill directorís alley. He and Pacino have worked together on multiple films, from Scarface to Carlitoís Way. This seems like a fantastic pairing, given the story, but what do you think?
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