The untitled project, directed by Levinson, oenters on Paterno, who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.
Kathy Baker and Greg Grunberg will play Paterno’s wife and son, respectively, while Annie Parisse will play his daughter, Mary Kay Paterno.
Riley Keough will also co-star as Sara Ganim, the 23 year-old journalist who first reported on the Sandusky case, bringing it to the attention of the Happy Valley community and the national media. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting.
In association with Sony Pictures Television, HBO Films has made a production commitment to the Paterno project, which Oscar winner Barry Levinson is directing from a script by Debora Cahn, John C. Richards and David McKenna.
Levinson and Tom Fontana are also executive producing alongside Jason Sosnoff, Ed Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane.
See the full photo of Pacino as Paterno below.
Linda Ge | TV Editor