Paterno trailer

Al Pacino may not appear in many big screen features these days, but he’s had a steady run taking the lead as several real-life figures in HBO movies. Pacino’s latest HBO film is Paterno, telling the story of the disgraced Penn State Nittany Lions coach. The Paterno trailer below presents the dramatic events swirling around the end of Paterno’s life.

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paterno trailer

“Did you know about Jerry?”

The implicit accusation in those words resound through the short teaser trailer for Paterno, HBO’s movie about the disgraced Penn State football coach whose shining legacy was tainted in the wake of a horrific child sex abuse convictions of his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Al Pacino plays the titular Joe Paterno, a beloved football coach whose reputation bordered on idolatry in the small college town of Happy Valley.

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Twenty years after Carlito’s Way and thirty years after Scarface, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino are reuniting to tell the tale of a very complicated man. The pair have just signed on for Happy Valley, a drama about late, disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Dave McKenna (American History X) is nearing a deal to write a script based on the bestselling biography Paterno, by Joe Posnanski. Hit the jump for more details.

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To say 2011 and 2012 haven’t been good years for the Penn State University football program would be a gross understatement. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused, and later convicted, of serial child molesting. During the scandal it was revealed that his boss, head coach Joe Paterno – the winningest coach in the history of Division I college football – had an idea about it but turned a blind eye to Sandusky’s acts. Paterno’s mistake cost him and the school several years of wins and, subsequently, that incredible record. Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Paterno passed away this past January as the scandal still raged.

Currently sitting atop the New York Times Best Seller List is Paterno, a biography of the coach by Joe Posnanski, and a film adaptation of that book is now being shopped around Hollywood with none other than Oscar-winner Al Pacino attached to play the lead. Read more after the jump. Read More »