Oscar winner Al Pacino is attached to portray disgraced college football coaching legend Joe "Papa Joe" Paterno in an upcoming film on the Penn State scandal.
Pacino’s agency ICM is putting together a package of talent in the coming days to shop the project to studios.
The film is based on sportswriter Joe Posnanski’s best-selling biography Paterno. Pacino’s manager Rick Nicita will produce.
As Deadline reports, "The narrative arc of the movie that will be shopped is obvious. A man becomes the winning-est coach in college football history and builds a powerhouse football program that turns him into a campus deity. When his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is revealed to be a pedophile whom a graduate assistant witnessed raping a boy in the locker room showers and it comes out that Paterno was told and help hide the scandal and never called the police, Paterno was summarily fired. He died shortly after."
Pacino previously portrayed a football coach in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday:
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