Al Pacino to star as Penn State's Joe Paterno in HBO biopic

Al Pacino will play the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno

Al Pacino will play the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno

In a report commissioned by the Penn State Board of Trustees, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Louis Freeh suggested Penn State administrators, including Paterno, knew about the Sandusky abuse allegations but failed to disclose them - thereby further endangering children.

Paterno was questioned for negligence during the ordeal and was relieved of his head coaching duties just three days after Sandusky's arrest.

The "Scarface" star will re-team with filmmaker Barry Levinson, who will serve as director and executive producer on the untitled project.

Levinson most recently directed Robert De Niro in the HBO Bernie Madoff film "The Wizard of Lies", which premiered last month.

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With a record 409 wins to his name over a 45-year career as coach of Pennsylvania State University's NCAA team, the Nittany Lions, Joe Paterno was a legend in college football. The script will be penned by industry veterans Debora Cahn, John C. Richards, and David McKenna.

The scandal came to light in recent years and it was later revealed that Paterno knew of Sandusky's sexual abuse and made a decision to look the other way instead of acting on it. Paterno will be played by Academy Award-winner Al Pacino.

Both the judge and prosecutors pointed towards Paterno as someone who could have put a stop to the abuse. He worked with both HBO and Levinson in "You Don't Know Jack", in which Pacino won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie.

Paterno died in 2012, just two months after he was sacked from Penn State. He's now serving a 30-to-60 year prison sentence.