Entourage Movie

Entourage Cast

The spectre of an Entourage movie has hovered over the film fan world since even before the show ended in 2011, but even though Mark Wahlberg threatened to make it even if he had to finance it himself, he hasn’t made good on that yet. Enter Warner Bros. According to Deadline Hollywood, the studio has officially greenlit the project that will see Vinnie Chase, Eric, Turtle, Drama and Ari return to our lives like that infection you thought was all cleared up. To be fair, there’s something inherently compelling about the consequence-free show, which is why it held on for 7 1/2 seasons, but what’s really exciting about the prospect of a movie is how the hell they’ll pull off a storyline interesting enough to warrant an hour and a half and placement on the big screen. This show was perfect for HBO and television because of how easily digestible it was, but it seems wholly wrong for film unless they greatly change the tone. The plot can’t simply be that Vince bones some hot strangers, Eric and Ari struggle to secure the film role he’s lost and re-won several time while Drama gets a parking ticket. There’s something to that challenge. Hopefully they’ll meet it, because the world doesn’t need another in-joke comedy about the world of filmmaking, let alone one featuring these guys, but the potential for something surprising is real. On the other hand, it would be much, much cooler if we got Medellin, Smoke Jumpers and Ferrari instead.

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“If I had to finance it myself, I would do it.” That’s Mark Wahlberg crushing the speculation that Entourage would end up on the long list of television shows that won’t ever be translated to the big screen. The show ends its television run with a short season (that’s currently airing), but like most fan favorites in their twilight year, Entourage seeks to live on, and making a movie seems like the most obvious way to do that. It’s unclear what kind of draw Vincent Chase’s first real movie might be for studios, but it could be done without much expense, and it has a built-in audience (which seems to be the key to signing on a dotted line). So, who knows. On the other hand, it seems that if no one else wants to finance it, Wahlberg will just make it happen himself. He might also be blowing smoke. What might be most interesting is to see what people who haven’t seen the show think of all this. Is this the kind of thing that has cross-over appeal? Would someone who’s never seen an episode want to go see the gang in theaters? Would the inevitable R-rating for copious breasts yet PG tone to the whole thing translate to gaining a bigger audience or would it just be a mess?

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