Al Pacino to Make Joe Paterno Film With 'Scarface' Director: Is the Topic Suitable for the Cinema?

Film 2013/01/17 22:00:00
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Al Pacino is set to reunite with director Brian De Palma to make a biopic about disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno. When these two titans of cinema have previously worked together, they've brought us the classic movies "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way."

Edward R. Pressman, the producer of the project tentatively named "Happy Valley," has said " I can't think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pressman is in talks with "American History X" screenwriter David McKenna to adapt Joe Posnanski's biography, "Paterno."

As well as "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way," Brian De Palma is responsible for such classic movies as "Carrie," "The Untouchables" and "Mission Impossible." Pacino will next be seen as controversial record producer Phil Spector in a TV movie. Do you think the Joe Paterno story is suitable for cinema?
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  • QC 2013/01/21 17:21:48
    Paterno might as well have been a child molester himself for abetting that piece of trash Sandusky...
  • joe mauro 2013/01/21 06:25:49
    joe mauro
    just another challenge for americas greatest living film actor
  • pratik joe mauro 2013/02/12 10:07:25
  • GoDucks5 2013/01/21 04:28:11
    Typical for Hollywood though.
  • codemax63 GoDucks5 2013/01/21 05:48:06
  • Nightmare 2013/01/21 03:20:47
    Why wouldn't it be? He is only the most prolific and enduring college coach in recent history. It's not like Paterno was the one being a pedophile and molester. That was Sandusky. Paterno messed up, sure. But, I think this is going to be a great biopic. There is absolutely no reason it shouldn't be made
  • codenamev 2013/01/21 03:05:34
    The topic is suitable for the cinema. The director and actor together again... not so much.

    Really take a long, close, uncomfortable look at Brian De Palma's filmography. He's one of the worst directors to ever make a great film, and that's THE UNTOUCHABLES. SCARFACE is a great comedy, but it's an awful awful crime drama.

    So, say good night to the bad guy.
  • Red 2013/01/20 22:27:44
    It will be disturbing. That's obvious. If it can be done, these two can do it. It would be an interesting line to watch them toe... or completely trip over and blow up... in the true Pacino way. LOVE HIM.
  • OneLastWord 2013/01/20 19:00:59
  • crzbaby420 2013/01/20 13:34:14
    i don't think it would be received well.it might if it went str8 to dvd and into blockbuster or netflix,but nah i wouldn't fly in theaters. would be waste of money.
  • Dave 007 2013/01/20 12:44:17
    Dave 007
    Hollywood will make movies about anything. But why would I want to go see this boring movie?
  • Derbyhat 2013/01/20 07:29:13 (edited)
    If you want to stir up crap about an issue, make a movie. If you want a dignified search for truth and a deterrant to such future situation, you make a documentary. Some one will do it, but none really want this sensationalized from either side.

    Pacino will not make a useful film. Where will the actors come from when they are certain to be branded for life for their appearance!
  • Indiana8484 2013/01/19 21:46:56
    Hollywood is definately running dry of ideas with this one on top of all the remakes the past few years.
  • Darr247 2013/01/19 16:47:19
    Paterno didn't molest anybody. The guy that alledgedly caught the perv in the shower with a kid is the one that should have called the police.
  • piscespoet 2013/01/19 05:46:54
    Could not have seen dePalma doing this (I keep picturing Jerry Sandusky screaming, "Say hello to my little friend"), but the subject matter (especially the fall-from-grace aspects of it) should make for one helluva film. Go for it, Brian.
  • Sue MacDonald Kyak 2013/01/19 02:50:32
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    Who wants to relive that story?!? Not me.
  • mae 2013/01/19 01:01:17 (edited)
    No. It is too soon. Did anybody bother to ask the Victims what they think about this?. This is a form of ambulance chasing, hopping on the bandwagon while 'the trend is hot'. Leave this alone for a while.
  • Bibliophilic 2013/01/19 00:43:19
    Yes, but only if it raises awareness of the issue. The issue is that as a society we condone child abuse. We yell about how evil and wrong it is-- yet if your father, uncle or friend were the child abuser would you turn them in?
  • Stix 2013/01/19 00:13:36 (edited)
    Why do we need another hollywood movie about the gay life style...I am so sick and tired of the left pushing their gay agenda at us in their effort to tear apart the American family...
  • Bibliop... Stix 2013/01/19 00:43:57 (edited)
    Paterno supported a pedophile, not a gay man.
  • Stix Bibliop... 2013/01/19 00:54:55
    He liked having sex with young MEN not young women...he is a pedophile and he is GAY also...
  • Sue Mac... Stix 2013/01/19 02:51:40
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    Just stop, so hateful.
  • Stix Sue Mac... 2013/01/19 19:53:58 (edited)
    So hateful? So you support adult men having sex with young boys?
  • codenamev Stix 2013/01/21 03:28:02
    I think that the fact that you are making this more about him being "gay" rather him being a pedophile. Very rarely does pedophilia = homosexuality. It, like rape, is much less about sex and more about power. He had ACCESS to young men, not young women, so if he had been a coach for a girls school, it might have gone the other way too.

    But it's pretty clear that you equate "gay" with "pedophilia".
  • Sue Mac... codenamev 2013/04/02 14:03:56
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    Thank you, exactly the point I was trying to make.
  • Sue Mac... Stix 2013/04/02 14:03:01
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    Of course not. But gays pushing their agenda? Gays are not pedophiles just because they are gay! There are straight pedophiles too you know?
  • codenamev Stix 2013/01/21 03:30:28
  • Stix codenamev 2013/01/21 20:47:37
    Getting too close to the truth for you? Anyone one who cares to look at history KNOWS that Hollywood lwft is pushing a gay agenda in an effort to undermind the American family and it's traditional values...the American Communist Party has had this goal in writting for over 60 years....but you have never read the goals of the communist to know what is happening in America and who is behind it...
  • codenamev Stix 2013/01/21 23:50:15
  • Stix codenamev 2013/01/22 00:00:00 (edited)
    Karl Marx called people like you "useful idiots". Those who believe in the lie and don't care to know the truth...
  • codenamev Stix 2013/01/22 00:20:28
    Well, at least I'm useful whereas you're just an idiot.
  • Stix codenamev 2013/01/22 00:49:21
    The differance between me and you is I took the time to find the truth and you just continue to spread the lie and therefore the "useful idiot." You are too lazy to spend the time and energy to know the truth so you parrot what you hear and want to believe is real...
  • codenamev Stix 2013/01/22 01:31:56
  • Sue Mac... Stix 2013/04/02 14:04:49
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    Seriously, you are an idiot.
  • barby karring 2013/01/18 20:09:21
    barby karring
    Disrespect to the victims' don't do it; but instead wait to see if any of the victims write a book about their individual ordeal with this guy, then perhaps a movie if tastefully done for tv not the big screen. Right now please don't venture in that direction; out of respect for the victims and their families.
  • MissAdventure 2013/01/18 19:25:12
    WHAT THE HELL. This is what's wrong with America, people! Stories like these should never be entertainment!
  • cherryphi 2013/01/18 19:07:35
    I love Al Pacino. Anything he stars in will be great...
  • codenamev cherryphi 2013/01/21 03:49:58
    Wow. Did you see REVOLUTION from the 80's? Or GIGLI? Or SCENT OF A WOMAN?

    The only work of substance he's done since HEAT and DONNIE BRASCO are the HBO films he's done, like YOU DON'T KNOW JACK or ANGELS IN AMERICA.
  • cherryphi codenamev 2013/01/21 16:55:37
    Nope, I've seen none of those. But all the movies IMPORTANT TO ME were excellent like Scarface, Heat, The Godfather, Frankie & Johnnie, Devil's Advocate and the Insider. He beats all the young actors today, IMO.
  • codenamev cherryphi 2013/01/21 23:51:30
    It's maybe in your best interest to watch more films if that's the way you feel.

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