After several years of speculation, Warner Bros. has finally given the green-light for a movie version of HBO’s hit Hollywood drama, Entourage, which ran from 2004 – 2011. Series creator Doug Ellin will direct the film and will be working from his own screenplay. Stars Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon are all set to return.
Aquaman star Vinnie Chase is back, baby. Warner Bros has tonight given the green light on a movie version of Entourage, the HBO series that ran from 2004-2011. That gives a reprise for the inside Hollywood exploits of the up and coming film star, his manager and agent, his under-appreciated TV actor brother and the childhood pal/driver who form his inner circle.
While some naysayers may say that an HBO transfer to film has no shot, the first Sex And The City did pretty well. For me, I can only think of one word to describe this development. Victory!!!!
Entourage was my favourite show for several years and although it ended on an intriguing (at best) cliffhanger, I can’t help but feel that the time when this movie was an absolute necessity has come and gone. The final season was, by the show’s own high standards, below par and I found the series finale to be extremely disappointing.
As a fan I am thrilled that it has been green-lit, but unlike Sex and the City, this was never really a cultural phenomenon and consequently, it may struggle to appeal beyond its core fan-base.
It is feasible to argue that a short(ish) break between the transition was essential, as it would enable the movie to become a cinematic event. However, most of its audience has moved on to other shows by now, and it may prove difficult to win many of them back.
That being said, the right marketing campaign will do wonders for an Entourage movie and I for one can’t wait to see Vinnie Chase, E, Turtle, Drama and Ari all together on the big screen.