Al Pacino and Brian De Palma to reunite for Joe Paterno film

In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno stands on the field before his team's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. A new era is dawning at Penn State, with a new football coach and a new look to the uniforms. But no Paterno on the sideline in a season opener for the first time since 1965. Penn State plays Ohio on Saturday. AP Photo/Jim Prisching

Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma are expected to team up for the upcoming biopic about controversial Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

The two worked together on 1983's "Scarface" and 1993's "Carlito's Way" and according to The Hollywood Reporter, they will reunite for the upcoming Paterno movie, tentatively titled "Happy Valley."

"'Happy Valley' reunites the 'Scarface' and 'Carlito's Way' team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time, 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," producer Edward R. Pressman said.

Pressman is in talks with "American History X" screenwriter David McKenna about adapting Joe Posnanski's biography, "Paterno," for the big screen.

De Palma was also behind "Carrie," "The Untouchables," "Mission: Impossible and "Femme Fatale."

Pacino will next portray troubled record producer Phil Spector in a TV film. He's also voicing a character in "Despicable Me 2" and is attached to "Imagine," co-starring Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore.

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