Report: Al Pacino to play Joe Paterno in HBO movie about Penn State scandal

HBO has announced the production of an upcoming film focusing on the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State, reportedly bringing an A-list star to play former coach Joe Paterno. 

Multiple media outlets (including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter) announced Tuesday that the scandal, which resulted in longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky receiving a 30-60 year prison sentence after being convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys, would be the next in line to receive the HBO movie treatment.

According to the reports, Paterno will played by Al Pacino and HBO is promoting the movie as a focus on his reaction to Sandusky's arrest and the fallout at Penn State. 

"After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is 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 victims," the movie's official logline reads, per Variety

News of the movie, set to be directed by Barry Levinson, comes on the heels of HBO's release of Wizard of Lies, a re-telling of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal, starring Robert De Niro as Madoff.

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