1st Pics As Joe Paterno

Emilio Banks
July 18, 2017

HBO on Sunday released a first look at Al Pacino as disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in its movie about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Multi-time Oscar victor Barry Levinson is directing the project. He also won the Academy Award for Best Director for "Rain Man".

Back in 2011, Paterno's assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys. The scandal challenges his legacy and forces him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims.

Here it is: Al Pacino as Joe Paterno. Other executive producers he will be working with include Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward Pressman and Rick Nicita. The film was written by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards and David McKenna, and is being produced in association with Sony Pictures Television. No word yet on who will play Sandusky.

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There is now no release date set for the film.

The Paterno project is Pacino's fourth HBO project, after "Angels in America" (2003), "You Don't Know Jack" (2010) and "Phil Spector" (2013).

Barry Levinson will direct the movie that is sure to open fresh wounds in the College Station community and beyond, where Paterno supporters are still legion.

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