Al Pacino to Play Dr. Jack Kevorkian

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Al Pacino has been set to star in an HBO telepic about right-to-die champion Dr. Jack Kevorkian, to be directed by Barry Levinson, reports Variety.

The film will revolve around Kevorkian’s construction of his infamous “Mercy Machine,” his first assisted suicide in the early 1990s and the resulting media frenzy. Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 as a result of his involvement in an assisted suicide that was videotaped and later shown on TV. He was released from prison in 2007.

The script was written by Adam Mazer.