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Al Pacino to Portray Disgraced US Coach Joe Paterno

Jan 18, 2013
Al Pacino

Al Pacino is reuniting with Scarface director Brian de Palma for a movie about disgraced US football coach Joe Paterno, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, tentatively titled Happy Valley, will be based on Paterno, the bestselling profile of the Penn State football coach.

The book follows the final years of Paterno's career, when the most succesful coach in the history of the college game was sacked after he was found to have covered-up evidence that his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was a serial abuser of young boys.

Following the scandal sporting authorities vacated all Penn State's wins from 1998 to 2011. Paterno died in January 2012 at the age of 85. Sandusky was sentenced to serve 30 to 60 years in prison after being found guilty of molesting 45 boys.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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