Fans of HBO’s Entourage series have been talking about, wishing for, and all but demanding a feature version of the popular television show for whole years now, and if it seemed as if the project would never take wing, that doubt has finally been extinguished.
Series creator Doug Ellin took to his Twitter last night to announce, “It’s a go. love you all,” including a picture of the feature film’s very happy cast. Ellin then retweeted various congratulatory tweets and a story from Deadline confirming the news. Ellin will direct the film.
Sources tell Deadline that deals for stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Connolly have been reached (after reported disputes over how much co-star Jeremy Piven was pulling down). The outlet also reports that producers Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson were instrumental in closing those offers. The film was originally greenlit in January, but various salary disputes have kept it on the back burner for many months.
The beloved HBO series ran for eight seasons, from 2004 to 2011, though its continuing storyline about Vinnie Chase (Grenier) and his quest to make movies makes the desire to make a film about the show feel strangely familiar. The eighth season of the show ended with a bit of cliffhanger – and the elevation of Piven’s Ari Gold to studio head – so all of those details will no doubt play a huge part in the feature, though other details are scarce.
As of now, the film is due to start filming in January.
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