Al Pacino may play Joe Paterno in a new movie about the late Penn State football coach, reports Deadline.com's Mike Fleming.

The film would be based on Joe Posnanski's biography of Paterno, which detailed the last two years of the coach's life.

UPDATE, Jan. 17, 2013: Four months later, Deadline.com reports that Pacino is officially onboard for the Joe Paterno movie. Called "Happy Valley," the feature will be directed by Brian De Palma. The pair memorably worked together on "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way." For more details on the film, head over to Deadline.com.

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Paterno, who died in January, was one of college football's most famous coaches, racking up a record 409 wins before a child sex abuse scandal involving Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky forever changed Paterno's reputation. According to the Freeh report, Paterno and other high-ranking university officials concealed Sandusky's abuse to protect the school's reputation. The NCAA took action against Paterno and Penn State after his death, banning the team from bowl games for the next four years, fining the school $60 million, and -- in a damaging blow to Paterno's on-field legacy -- removing all the team's wins between 1998 and 2011. The 111 vacated wins dropped Paterno's formerly record total to 298.

Sandusky was convicted in July of sexually abusing 10 young boys. He's currently in jail awaiting what could be a life sentence.

No writer or director is attached to the Paterno movie, but Pacino's involvement continues a string of the Oscar-winner tackling controversial real-life characters. Pacino has previously played Dr. Jack Kevorkian (in the HBO movie "You Don't Know Jack") and Roy Cohn (in the HBO adaptation of "Angels in America"). He's also played a football coach before, leading the Oliver Stone drama "Any Given Sunday."

For more on the Paterno movie, head over to Deadline.com.

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  • Workers handle the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before removing the statue Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. (AP Photo/John Beale)

  • State College and Penn State University police form a line in front of Beaver Stadium moments after the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was removed Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. (AP Photo/John Beale)

  • FILE - The statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno stands outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., in this July 13, 2012 file photo. Police and construction workers have barricaded both sides of street and the sidewalks near the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State University Sunday July 22, 2012. A chain-link fence has been erected around the perimeter surrounding the statue.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • FILE - A statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno stands outside Beaver Stadium on in this July 12, 2012 file photo. Police and construction workers have barricaded both sides of street and the sidewalks near the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State University. A chain-link fence has been erected around the perimeter surrounding the statue. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

  • Signs of support are displayed at the base of the statue of Joe Paterno located outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Friday, July 20, 2012. Paterno's statue stands outside the stadium even as his reputation has swiftly fallen following a scathing special investigative report that found he helped cover up child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/John Beale)

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    Jenni Kahler, right, holds her daughter, Emma, 4, as they have a photo taken with the statue of Joe Paterno located outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Friday July 20, 2012. Paterno's statue stands outside the stadium even as his reputation has swiftly fallen following a scathing special investigative report that found he helped cover up child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/John Beale)

  • Fans wait to have a photo taken with the statue of Joe Paterno located outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Friday July 20, 2012. Paterno's statue stands outside the stadium even as his reputation has swiftly fallen following a scathing special investigative report that found he helped cover up child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/John Beale)

  • Kim Ranck touches the arm on the Joe Paterno statue as she walks away in tears Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Ranck, a 2006 Penn State University graduate and current Penn State employee, was out of town when the controversy surrounding the statue broke and came to visit before something happened to it. The Joe Paterno statue, on the Penn State campus, in State College, Pa., has become a highly debated topic since the release of the Louis Freeh report. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • A plane flying the Penn State University campus in State College, pulls a banner reading "Take the statue down or we will" on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium has been a point of much contention. Critics have called for the statue to be taken down after the Freeh report concluded that Paterno was aware of a 1998 allegations against Sandusky _ in contrast to his grand jury testimony and an interview given after his firing _ and that he was involved in the decision to not report a 2001 incident to the authorities even after his superiors had decided to. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark) MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Signs and flowers lie at the foot of a statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Friday, July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Megan Toth

    Megan Toth of State College, Pa., climbs on a statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Friday, July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • A young boy places a yellow rose at the foot of a statue of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Thursday, July 12, 2012. After an eight-month inquiry, former FBI director Louis Freeh's firm produced a 267-page report that concluded that Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for more than a decade for fear of bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on other youngsters. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Gina DiJohnson

    Gina DiJohnson, who will graduate from Penn State University in three weeks, poses for a picture with a statue of former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The Freeh Report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal at Penn State will be released Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CLARIFICATION: This post has been amended to further contextualize Paterno's actions in relation to the charges against Sandusky.