The Inside Scoop on the "Entourage" Movie
Ever since "Entourage" ended its eight-year run in 2011, fans of the HBO hit drama have been hoping that the cast would reunite on the silver screen. In October 2013, their wish came true when creator Doug Ellin posted on Twitter that the movie was "a go." The movie began filming in January 2014 and has a scheduled release date of June 12, 2015. Now the question on every "Entourage" fanatic's mind is: what do we have to look forward to in the upcoming film?
"Entourage" chronicled the lives of young A-lister Vincent Chase and his New York childhood buddies as they tried to navigate the murky waters of life in Los Angeles. Luckily, Vince and Co. have Ari Gold, a hustler of an agent, to help them figure out how to make it big. The series was based on the executive producer Mark Wahlberg's struggle as a young actor attempting to climb up the Hollywood ladder. All of the original series regulars have signed on for the movie: Kevin Connelly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven are all reprising their roles. Other returning cast members include Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Rhys Coiro. Doug Ellin wrote the screenplay and is serving as director for the film.
In addition to the aforementioned cast, some new additions have signed on to appear in the film. Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment play father and son team Larsen and Travis McCredle. There are also a ton of pro-athlete cameos. So far, Seahawks starting QB Russell Wilson, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have all announced that they are in the movie. Julian Edelman, Derrick Ward and Baron Davis have also all posted pictures showing them hanging out on set with the "Entourage" crew. CNN host Piers Morgan is making an appearance in the film as well.
The "Entourage" movie picks up the story six months after the series finale. Ari Gold is now the head of a major studio, but there are plenty of other burning questions that fans are dying to get answered. Are Eric and Sloan still together? Did she have the baby? Did Vince actually get married? If he did, how is married life working out for him? Producer Mark Wahlberg is keeping the plot details quiet, but he did tell MTV, "I always just wanted [the movie] to get back to where it was just about the guys. We had a lot of strong female characters, and I love all those characters, but it really was always about the guys." While talking about the screenplay, Doug Ellin adds a few more details, "There are interesting developments about Ari as a studio head, 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."
Critics of the "Entourage" movie think that fans might not be as invested, since the series has been off the air for a few years. But Doug Ellin needed a bit of a break after spending "10 years of my life" on the show. Ellin says that during the hiatus, Mark Wahlberg threatened "to kill me if I don't write faster. Every time I see him, Mark says, 'I've made five movies this year. Get going!'" Luckily, Ellin finished the screenplay in September 2012. It has taken so long to get the movie green lit due to money demands made by the cast. Negotiations were delayed because Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara wanted to be paid the same amount as Jeremy Piven. All of the contract issues have been sorted out, and shooting in Los Angeles and Miami has begun.
Die-hard "Entourage" fans are likely to be happy with the end result of the movie. It appears that it maintains the integrity of the show while getting back to the basics and focusing on the core group of guys. There seems to be plenty of celebrities popping onto the screen in cameo roles. Twitter and Instagram are blowing up with pictures from the set featuring guest stars posing with the original cast. Although some "Entourage" haters have been wondering if a 30-minute TV show translates into a 90-minute movie, the formula has worked before; remember a little series-turned-film called "Sex and the City"? But up until June 12, 2015, it is all guesswork. Fans just have to check out the movie and make up their own minds.