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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Pacino to play Paterno

In the category of Potentially Interesting-Sounding Movies Ripped From Semi-Recent Headlines: Late yesterday it was announced that Brian De Palma and Al Pacino, who famously worked together for “Scarface,” would re-team to direct and star in a movie tentatively called “Happy Valley,” about former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Producer Edward R. Pressman has optioned the rights to “Paterno,” the biography by Joe Posnanski, and Dave McKenna (“American History X,” “Get Carter”) is making a deal to write the screenplay. Pacino will play Paterno, whose legendary career ended in disgrace after revelations that he and others knew that defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was molesting children and didn’t stop it. He died shortly thereafter. Pressman describes Paterno as “a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw” — in other words, someone who might be a fascinating topic for a movie, if done well.

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