Al Pacino As Joe Paterno For HBO Film

Multi-time Oscar victor Barry Levinson is directing the project.

Less than a year after he was dismissed from Penn State, Paterno died from lung cancer.

Screenwriter David McKenna, who was working on the project in 2012 and who has penned films including “American History X“, is one of three reported screenwriters on the new project, along with Debora Cahn (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “The West Wing”) and John C. Richards (“Sahara, Nurse Betty“).

Of course, fans of Pacino by this point know that achieving the look is only the first part of the wonderful transformation he makes in all his roles, so it will be interesting to see what sort of complexities the venerable actor brings to Paterno.

Now in production, the movie, written by Debora Cahn (Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing) and John C. Richards (Nurse Betty) and David McKenna (American History X, Blow), does not yet have a premiere date. Pacino won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

This is also the second time in Pacino’s movie career that he will be playing a football coach.

The flick is centered around an ex-con who is out for revenge against a rapper and former friend who let him take the fall for a robbery they had committed 14 years prior.

Meanwhile, Levinson will serve as both director and executive producer of the upcoming project.

The actor who shot to fame thanks to his breakthrough role as Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy seems to have an affinity for playing the lead in HBO biopics. Levinson previously directed Pacino in You Don’t Know Jack (2010) for HBO.