Have you been waiting for a movie based on the HBO series “Entourage?” Well, you’re in luck–according to Deadline, series creator Doug Ellin is close to finishing a script, and then it’s just a matter of getting everyone together to make the big screen dream come true.
(Okay, I don’t know how many people were clamoring for an “Entourage” movie, other than cast members whose schedule has not, perhaps, been as busy as they might have thought it would be, but we’ll go with the idea that there is some kind of demand out there.)
If you’re not familiar with the series, “Entourage” focused on Vincent Chase, a young movie star who brings his friends from back home along to hang out with him while he makes his way in the business; producer Mark Wahlberg said it was based on his own experiences as a rising star in Hollywood. Adrian Grenier played Chase, with Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Connelly as the titular entourage. Jeremy Piven regularly stole the show as agent Ari Gold. It ran from 2004-2011 on HBO. It was sometimes very good, sometimes felt like it had worn out its welcome and everyone was on automatic pilot, and always was a great advertisement for life in Los Angeles. My favorite parts were the bad enough to be true fake movie ideas everyone was always discussing.
Ellin talked about the script he’s supposedly almost finished writing:
“There are interesting developments about Ari as a studio head [the series ended with him taking over a studio], and that’s still the first page for me. But foremost is the friendship between the guys who are still hanging out and going to fun parties, and it continues with the same characters.”
Considering that the main appeal of the series for many people was the hanging out and going to fun parties –preferably with many naked or half-naked girls plus celebrity cameos–this makes sense. Whether that’s enough to pull people in to a movie theater is another question. Hollywood satire doesn’t always play well outside of Hollywood, so there will have to be a promise of a LOT of naked girls (the half-naked won’t be stood for when you pay $12 for a ticket) to draw in the mainstream.