Director Brian De Palma and acting legend Al Pacino have made two movies together: The classic gangster drama "Scarface" and the nearly-as-classic gangster drama "Carlito's Way." So the fact that they are about to get together for a third film is kind of big news. So which icon of American crime are they going to profile this time? Al Capone? Bugsy Malone? John Gotti?
Well, how about legendary college football coach Joe Paterno?
Paterno, of course, is one of the most famous (or infamous) figures in the history of college athletics, having led Penn State to a record number of wins of his career, which spanned decades. He also promoted what was called "the Penn State Way," which emphasized scholarship and morality over football. And that, of course, made it even more ironic and troubling when he was implicated in a cover up of the notorious sexual abuse scandal that rocked the school in 2011, when his long-time assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was found to have been serially abusing children on Penn State's Happy Valley campus for years right under Paterno's nose.
It's just the kind of Shakespearean role that Pacino can really sink his teeth into. And "Wall Street" producer Edward R. Pressman, who is backing the film, couldn't be more happy over how "Happy Valley" is developing.
"'Happy Valley' reunites the 'Scarface' and 'Carlito’s Way' team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time," Pressman told Deadline, "and 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."
This should be an interesting one, to say the least.