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Brian De Palma and Al Pacino are reteaming for Joe Paterno film, Happy Valley

Jan. 16, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Al Pacino and Brian De Palma will be teaming up again for the Joe Paterno film, HAPPY VALLEY.

Last September, I told you guys that Pacino had signed on to take on the role of the late Penn State football coach. De Palma will direct the film adapted from Paterno by Joe Posnanski. I think that when these two get together they do an excellent job. HAPPY VALLEY will be no different.

Most of you know the controversy behind the Sandusky scandal involving Paterno, who knew about the allegations but did little to stop the situation. It's crazy to see how far a man could fall in the blink of an eye. Edward R. Pressman, who is producing as well as backing the film through his own banner, said this about the team up of Pacino and De Palma on this particular project, "Happy Valley reunites the Scarface and Carlitos Way team of De Palma & Pacino for the third time and I cant think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw."

For those who need a refresher, here is some background provided by Deadline who got the exclusive:

Paternos fall from grace was Shakespearean and when he died shortly after his firing, many felt it was from a broken heart as much as cancer. He was in the twilight of a coaching career that left him the winningest coach in college football history, an iconic and beloved campus figure. Until his former defensive coordinator Sandusky was revealed to be a prolific pedophile, something that Paterno had been told about. While he informed an administrator, they did not call police, even after a graduate assistant and future assistant coach witnessed Sandusky in an encounter that looked like an act of sodomy with a child in the locker room showers.

An investigation led the university to abruptly fire Paterno, and his cherished football program was crushed. Penn State is reeling after unprecedented sanctions dropped by the NCAA. The university tore down a fabled statue of Paterno, and the NCAA stripped the coachs wins going back to the coverup. Posthumously, he is no longer the winniningest college coach in history. More importantly, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse against young boys and is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Posnanski wrote the book before the scandal, and while it is included there is much more there than just that. Paterno should be an interesting character study for Pacino.

Source: Deadline

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3:53AM on 01/17/2013

Great team

am a big fan of their former collaboration but lets face it, they've both been slacking lately. I hope with this project they're gonna both bring it.
am a big fan of their former collaboration but lets face it, they've both been slacking lately. I hope with this project they're gonna both bring it.
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5:42PM on 01/17/2013
Pacino and De Palma are the good version of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.
Pacino and De Palma are the good version of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.
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7:32AM on 01/17/2013

Pacino definitely looks like Paterno

I think this movie has potential. Sure, both sides have been lacking creatively over the last decade, but it'll be nice to see another reunion.
I think this movie has potential. Sure, both sides have been lacking creatively over the last decade, but it'll be nice to see another reunion.
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10:32PM on 01/16/2013
Paul Giamatti for Sandusky!
Paul Giamatti for Sandusky!
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10:03PM on 01/16/2013
This sounds horrible. I hope Paterno burns in hell for what he's done.
This sounds horrible. I hope Paterno burns in hell for what he's done.
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10:10PM on 01/16/2013
Show me some facts about what awful things Paterno has done. Facts please, not accusations. Thanks.
Show me some facts about what awful things Paterno has done. Facts please, not accusations. Thanks.
12:57AM on 01/17/2013
The truth of what happened is absolutely terrible. What he DIDN'T do will mean his name will live in infamy. While I personally didn't even know who he was until that time, considering what he had built, there is a small part of me that wonders, at his age, would I think some "minor" thing like Sandusky's history get in the way of the legacy he was building? I still think he's part monster for allowing it, but the world tends to be more complicated than black-and-white.
The truth of what happened is absolutely terrible. What he DIDN'T do will mean his name will live in infamy. While I personally didn't even know who he was until that time, considering what he had built, there is a small part of me that wonders, at his age, would I think some "minor" thing like Sandusky's history get in the way of the legacy he was building? I still think he's part monster for allowing it, but the world tends to be more complicated than black-and-white.
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