HBO Unveils First Look of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

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But on Sunday, HBO released a photo of Pacino as Paterno that should signal that this production is ready to get underway.

Paterno was dismissed by Penn State in 2011 in the wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse revelations. Other executive producers he will be working with include Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward Pressman and Rick Nicita. The film was written by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards and David McKenna, and is being produced in association with Sony Pictures Television. Joe Paterno died in 2012 at age 85 after a battle with lung cancer, just two months after he was sacked from his decades-long coaching job.

This is not the "Heat" actor's first time teaming up with HBO.

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. At the time, Brian De Palma was supposed to direct the film based on Joe Posananki's book, "Paterno".

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As of yet, no one has been announced to play Jerry Sandusky, but it's possible that he won't have that much of a role in this story. Pacino also appeared in "Angels in America".

Reteaming with his You Don't Know Jack director Barry Levinson for the Paterno film, Pacino is sure to give us a riveting look into the mind of the college football legend during the biggest crisis in his career before his death at age 85 in 2012.

In 2010, Pacino starred as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO- and Levinson-directed film You Don't Know Jack.

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