Entourage gets a lot of flack around the Internet. There’s a lot of talk about how it was just empty escapism, the chance to vicariously live a disgustingly decadent Hollywood lifestyle through its characters for a half hour a week. There’s a lot of criticism about how the show told the same stupid story over and over again, where it looked like the Vincent character (Adrian Grenier) might not do a movie, but then his buddies eventually convince him to do the movie, so then everyone can continue being rich and happy. Heck, people even like to throw around terms like “douchebag” and “bro” when describing the tone of the show. It’s not exactly the best thing HBO has produced, according to most TV/movie geeks.
The fact is that a bunch of norms really did like the show though, seeing as it lasted for a ridiculous eight seasons, so even though an Entourage movie is a real head scratcher in the what-the-heck-is-this-thing-going-to-be-about department, it was pretty much bound to always happen. And, if you ask me, anything that promises to give us gloriously huge images of series regular and hot girl from Snow Day Emmanuelle Chriqui projected up on the big screen can’t be all bad. So now that there are reports saying that all of the ts have been crossed and the lowercase js have been dotted in regards to getting an Entourage movie together, probably it’s time we put all of our prejudices about bottle service and self tanner aside and just try to enjoy the thing for what it is.
If you haven’t been following the drama surrounding the potential Entourage movie, producer Mark Wahlberg has been guaranteeing fans that the HBO series would be followed up by a feature film as far back as in 2011, but it was at the beginning of this year when all of the ducks finally looked like they were in a row and Warner Bros. gave a green light to get production started.
Entourage being Entourage, however, things didn’t go down that easy. Over the ensuing months there were whispers all over the cyber realm that series creator/feature writer and director Doug Ellin and his people were having trouble getting the cast officially signed. A recent THR article cataloguing the signing woes quoted Wahlberg as telling TMZ (ugh) that the movie would get made, “As soon as them guys stop being so greedy.” Grenier then responded via Instagram (double ugh) saying, “I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY.” Apparently the problem had something to do with Judgment Night actor Jeremy Piven getting a sweetheart deal that gave him a bigger cut of the backend than the rest of the series regulars. The guy was the star of PCU, after all.
Just when things seemed like they were at their bleakest and the Entourage boys weren’t going to be able to play nice together, Deadline dropped a report yesterday that things have been hammered-if-not-hugged out, everyone has signed on to get some portion of the film’s backend, and shooting is set to get started in January. To back the story up, Ellin even sent out the following heartwarming tweet:
Eight seasons and a movie? Sure. Why not? As long as they give us more Chriqui.