Ever since the final episode of Entourage aired in the summer of 2011, there’s been plenty of talk of an Entourage movie.
At the season finale launch, Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg promised fans that this was not the last we’d see of Vinnie, E, Johnny Drama, Turtle and Ari, and the whole cast said they’d be keen to bring the story to the big screen.
Wahlberg, told E! News, at the time, “we’re hoping to go on and do a feature film … People have always complained that the episodes and the season is too short … so 90 minutes of sure craziness would be something that I think people would thoroughly enjoy. As long as we don’t forget what made us successful in the first place, which other shows have fallen into that trap the I think it will be OK. The timeline for this is ASAP”
However, there was never any firm commitment/start date from a studio.
Well, as of today, that’s all changed! Fans are rejoicing, as Warner Bros have finally confirmed that they have given the Entourage movie a green light!
The film has been written by Doug Ellin (series creator) – he will also take on directing duties.
According to deadline.com (who broke the story), “Deals are starting to be made with Adrian Grenier, who played Chase, Kevin Connolly, who played his manager Eric “E” Murphy, Kevin Dillon, who played the actor’s brother Johnny Drama, Jerry Ferrara, who played their entrepreneurial driver Turtle, and Jeremy Piven, who played the show’s iconic type A talent agent Ari Gold. I’m sure Drama’s agent Lloyd (Rex Lee), E’s girl Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), his management partner Scott (Scott Caan), and their quirky director collaborator Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro) and Ari’s agency partner Barbara Miller (Beverly D’Angelo) will all be in the mix, along with a swarm of real Hollywood talent, playing themselves.”
Warner Bros. has not set start date, let alone a release date, but that hasn’t put a dampener to the celebrations, as fans are excited that they can finally look forward to seeing the boys on the big screen!
The fans aren’t the only ones celebrating, so are the stars and director, with Ellin, Grenier, Ferrara and Rhys Corio (who played crazed Director Billy Walsh) meeting up for a few celebratory drinks last night.
Doug Ellin tweeted the pic below and wrote: “Great night with @adriangrenier @jerrycferrara @D_Lombardozzi and Rhys Corio”
Jerry Ferrara tweeted, “#friends #celebrate #booze
Adrian Grenier (@adriangrenier) tweeted the following , “Well, you got what you wanted; an Entourage Movie” and “The real deal @jerrycferrara #entourage toast celebration @mrdougellin penthouse”
Many people are comparing this to Sex And The City, saying that taking this to the big screen could end in disaster. However, Entourage is very different to Sex And The City, in that everything wasn’t wrapped up nicely. Remember the final scene had Ari taking a phone call from Hollywood, after he had run away from work to be with his wife in Italy? Will he choose his wife or will the lure of Hollywood be too strong for him?
There hasn’t been much revealed about the film’s storyline, however when Wahlberg was in Dublin (March 2012) promoting, Contraband, he told me that the boys might be traveling abroad. (He talks about the film at 3.40)
If you’ve been missing the boys, check out this fab 30 minute special that was put together for the season finale, Hollywood Sunset: A Tribute to Entourage