Al Pacino Seen as Joe Paterno on 'Happy Valley' Set

Annie Parisse To Co-Star In HBO's Joe Paterno Movie About Penn State Scandal

HBO has shared a first look photo for HBO Films' UNTITLED BARRY LEVINSON PROJECT, now in production. But on Sunday, HBO released a photo of Pacino as Paterno that should signal that this production is ready to get underway.

Before the scandal, Paterno was regarded as one of the most legendary coaches in college football history as he led Penn State to two national championships during his 45-year career. In previous HBO biopics, he's portrayed Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector.

Here it is: Al Pacino as Joe Paterno.

Pacino's HBO film was first announced in 2013.

In early June, it was reported that HBO had given the green-light to a new, as yet untitled film starring Pacino as Paterno, with Barry Levinson attached to direct.

According to Variety, the film will focus heavily on the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Paterno - who famously nearly/probably crapped himself during a televised football game in 2006 - was sacked in 2011, one month after Sandusky was arrested.

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.

It's no different with the late Nittany Lions coach.

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