Barry Levinson’s HBO film on former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will debut April 7, the network announced.
Directed and executive produced by Levinson, the film will star Al Pacino as the legendary coach whose career ended in ignominy when his longtime assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged and ultimately convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.
Sandusky was charged and arrested in 2011. The conviction came in 2012. He is in prison serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years.
According to HBO, the film centers on Paterno’s life in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal that rocked the Penn State community.
“After becoming the winningest coach...