'Entourage' Script Nearly Done & Happens Six Months After Series End
by Ben Pearson
September 12, 2012
HBO's "Entourage" was a fresh and exciting look at how the movie industry works behind the scenes, and should have been the perfect show for readers of this site. But through some high and low periods, as with any show that stays on the air for eight years, it fizzled out creatively and left longtime viewers with a disappointing series finale one year ago. Since 2009, there has been talk of a movie that would continue the story of Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier), Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), and the whole gang. Now Deadline has word from series creator Doug Ellin saying the movie picks up six months after the series' conclusion.
Ellin hasn't officially received a greenlight from HBO for the movie quite yet, because the brass still needs to see his finished screenplay, but he tells Deadline it should be finished by this weekend and he's optimistic about it being made. He also offered an update about what we can expect to see in the movie version:
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.
So pretty much business as usual, then. I was really into the series for the first couple of seasons, and then I realized that none of the characters were developing at all, and every season essentially began at the same status quo, regardless of the finale that happened before it. It turned into a guilty pleasure instead of good television, and I'm not convinced that bringing these characters back in movie form is a good idea.
First of all, it's insanely insulting to the core audience of the show to say, "hey, you can watch this show for eight years but you have to pay an extra 12 bucks to watch the movie version years later in order to get any satisfying closure to these characters." And second, what could they possibly do in a movie that they couldn't do on television? They'll have to spend at least twenty minutes establishing the characters for people who never watched the show, and what's the big story here? Vinnie Chase winning an Oscar? Gimme a break. Ellin and executive producer Mark Wahlberg had their shot at telling a complete story and they blew it, so why should we reward them by going to see an Entourage movie? Thoughts?