Al Pacino and Brian De Palma to join forces again for Joe Paterno biopic

Duo set to work in tandem for a third time after De Palma reportedly signs up for film about late American football coach

Brian De Palma and Al Pacino are to reunite for a biopic about Pennsylvania State University's controversial former American football coach, Joe Paterno, who was forced to retire after a sexual abuse scandal took place on his watch.

Pacino was first reported to be in talks to play Paterno in September last year. Now Deadline reports that De Palma has agreed to take on directing duties for the drama, which is titled Happy Valley. The pair last worked together on the gangster tale Carlito's Way in 1993, and before that on 1983's iconic mob drama Scarface.

Paterno, who was not involved in any criminal activity, left his job in 2011, after 45 years, when his former defensive co-ordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused – and later convicted – of 45 counts of sexually abusing
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