Al Pacino and Brian De Palma made cult movie history when they joined forces for the 1983 gangster epic “Scarface.”
Their latest collaboration finds them examining a far different character, someone beloved by many until his supporting role in a pedophilia scandal rocked the nation.
“Happy Valley” is the working title for the project, based on the tumultuous times of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Wall Street producer Edward R. Pressman has optioned the bestselling book Paterno by Joe Posnanski. Dave McKenna (American History X and Blow) is making a deal to write the script.
Pacino will next be seen in “Stand Up Guys,” a film set for wide release Feb. 1, and “Phil Spector,” a biopic of the mercurial music producer to bow on HBO March 24. De Palma’s “Passion,” his latest work, premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
The pair’s “Happy Valley” project marks their third collaboration following “Scarface” and the 1993 crime drama “Carlito’s Way.”