Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma are set to join forces for a new movie about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno called Happy Valley.

The Hollywood Reporter says the film will be produced by Edward R Pressman and will be based on the best-selling book, Paterno, by sport journalist Joe Posnanski. The producer announced yesterday that he had optioned the film rights.

Paterno lost his job at Penn State over revelations that he was aware of a child abuse scandal.

Pressman said "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." Author Joe Posnanski is set to act as co-producer on the project.