Pacino to Play Paterno in Penn State Movie 'Happy Valley' will explore Penn State scandal By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 17, 2013 8:13 AM CST 24 comments Comments Al Pacino attends the Dublin film festival's showing of Wilde Salome at the Savoy Cinema, Dublin, Ireland, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo) (Newser) – The story of Joe Paterno and his fall from grace amid the Penn State sex abuse scandal is being turned into a movie, with some big names attached. Al Pacino will play the legendary coach in Happy Valley, which will be directed by Brian De Palma, Deadline reports. The two previously worked together on Scarface and Carlito's Way. The film will be based on Joe Posnanski's book, Paterno, with the script penned by Dave McKenna, whose resume includes Blow and American History X.