Al Pacino reportedly attached to play Joe Paterno in a film
Al Pacino is reportedly attached to play former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno in a film about the late sports figure's life.
The film will be based on the book "Paterno" by sportswriter Joe Posnanski, according to Deadline, and will be produced by Pacino's manager, Rick Nicita. The film is in its early stages of development with no script written yet, no director in place and no deals made, according to the news outlet.
Paterno died in January at age 85 from complications from lung cancer. Paterno, who had been head coach at Penn State since 1966, was fired in November 2011 following the Penn State child abuse scandal involving the Penn State football team's defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
In June 2012, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse of young boys.
The movie will reportedly focus on Paterno's family life, his days before becoming a coach at Penn State, his contribution to the school's football program and the events that led to his downfall.
In the past Pacino has portrayed real life characters in films and miniseries. In 2003 he played attorney Roy Cohn in "Angels in America" and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.
He also played Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the 2010 TV film "You Don't Know Jack" and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for that role as well. He also played TV News producer and reporter Lowell Bergman in "The Insider."
The actor will also star as Phil Spector in an untitled biopic about the music business man. Pacino also played a fictional head coach in the football film "Any Given Sunday."