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.