Warner Brothers officially green lit a movie version of former HBO series Entourage last night, paving the way for faux Hollywood phenom Vinny Chase & Co. to bring their debauchery onto the silver screen in real life.
Deadline has more details on the film version of the show, which ran from 2004-2011 on HBO:
The film will be directed by series creator Doug Ellin, who wrote the screenplay and who exec produced the series with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. 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.
That’s reportedly about as far as the studio has gotten at this point, and there is no tentative release date as of yet.
In my opinion, Entourage went downhill pretty fast after four seasons but I’m still pretty intrigued to see how this project develops. In its prime the show was pretty great and the film is obviously going to have a lot of star power behind it. Plus, it’s been too long since we’ve gotten a nice Ari Gold rant.
We’ve already seen a successful HBO series transition well onto the big screen with Sex and the City so it’ll be interesting to see if Entourage sees a similar fate.