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Pressman To Produce De Palma Biopic Starring Pacino as Paterno

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 16, 2013 at 7:43PM

Producer Edward R. Pressman ("Wall Street") has optioned feature film rights to New York Times best seller "Paterno" by sports journalist Joe Posnanski. Ex-CAA partner-turned-manager Rick Nicita will also produce the biopic to star his client Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. And with Brian De Palma ("Scarface," "Carlito’s Way") attached to direct "Happy Valley," the team behind "Carlito's Way" and "Scarface" is together again.
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Al Pacino and Brian De Palma
Al Pacino and Brian De Palma

Producer Edward R. Pressman ("Wall Street") has optioned feature film rights to New York Times best seller "Paterno" by sports journalist Joe Posnanski. Ex-CAA partner-turned-manager Rick Nicita will also produce the biopic to star his client Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. And with Brian De Palma ("Scarface," "Carlito’s Way") attached to direct "Happy Valley," the team behind "Carlito's Way" and "Scarface" is together again. The producers are in talks with writer David McKenna ("American History X") to adapt for the screen.

We spoke to De Palma about his latest film, "Passion," starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, which debuted in Venice and played the Toronto and New York film festivals.

“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," says Pressman, who is also developing a reboot of 1994's "The Crow" to be directed by Javier Gutiérrez ("Before the Fall") with Relativity, a remake of "Bloodsport" written by Robert Kamen ("Taken") to be directed by Phillip Noyce ("Salt"), and "The Monkey Wrench Gang," to be written and directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman ("Catfish").

Anthony Scaramucci and Pressman COO Jon Katz will serve as Executive Producers on "Happy Valley," and Joe Posnanski as Co-Producer. Sloan Harris, Co-Head of ICM’s Literary Department, reps Posnanski, and brought the book to Todd Hoffman, Co-Head of the agency's Media Rights Department, who discussed it with ICM's John Burnham, who gave it to Pacino, Nicita and De Palma, and then to Pressman.

This article is related to: Brian De Palma, Al Pacino


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.