Not much else is known about the Paterno film at this point, other than Riley Keough will play Sara Ganim, the 23-year-old journalist who broke the Penn State scandal, and that Annie Parisse has also been cast to star as Paterno's daughter, Mary Kay.
Screenwriter David McKenna, who was working on the project in 2012 and who has penned films including "American History X", is one of three reported screenwriters on the new project, along with Debora Cahn ("Grey's Anatomy", "The West Wing") and John C. Richards ("Sahara, Nurse Betty").
Paterno died in early 2012 of complications from lung cancer.
The once college football powerhouse Penn State also received a harsh punishment as the NCAA sanctioned the university with: a $60 million fine, ban from bowl games and post-season play for four years, reduction of scholarships from 25 to 15, vacating of all wins from 1998 to 2011, and a five-year probation period.
Levinson, who will direct and executive produce the HBO film along with his producing partners, previously directed Pacino in The Humbling and in the 2010 HBO film You Don't Know Jack.
Pacino's HBO film was first announced in 2013. Pacino won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian. The Oscar victor has starred in edgy films such as Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, and Angels in America. In 1999, Pacino starred in the Oliver Stone hit Any Given Sunday, in which he played Tony D'Amato, the gruff coach of a fictitious football team. Pacino and Levinson worked together in "You Don't Know Jack" and "Phil Spector".