It didn’t take long for a film adaptation of the Penn State scandal to take shape.
According to Deadline.com, Oscar winning actor Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in the film that is said to be built in the mold of Joe Posnanski’s New York Times best-selling biography Paterno.
Deadline reports: “The narrative arc of the movie that will be shopped is obvious. A man becomes the winningest 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— many feel of a broken heart.”
There is no word yet if the biopic will be a feature film or a TV movie.
Pacino, 72, has played a football coach before in the acclaimed football drama Any Given Sunday.