Photo released of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in upcoming HBO movie

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Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in HBO's untitled Barry Levinson project

HBO Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in HBO's untitled Barry Levinson project

Back in 2011, Paterno's assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys. Ganim was the first journalist to report on the sex scandal, and her coverage won her the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

Al Pacino portraying Joe Paterno in the upcoming HBO movie. Edward Pressman and Linday Sloane also executive produce, along with Rick Nicita through his RP Media Company.

Debora Cahn, John C. Richards, and David McKenna are set to write the script.

This is not the "Heat" actor's first time teaming up with HBO. In addition, he played the lead role in "Phil Spector". The Oscar victor has starred in edgy films such as Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, and Angels in America.

Pacino was announced in late 2012 to star as Paterno in a film based on the Joe Posnanski biography "Paterno", but in late 2014 HBO announced it was suspending the project because of budget issues.

Considering how long it's taken to develop this Paterno film, it would be natural to question how long it might take to finally get a finished product to the screen.

Pacino's other film credits include "The Godfather", "Serpico", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Scent of a Woman", "Scarfare" and more.

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