Cast Contract Negotiation Delays 'Entourage' Journey to Big Screen
At the beginning of the year, we got word that Warner Bros. had given a greenlight to the long-gestating big screen continuance of the HBO series Entourage. But now Page Six reports that production on the film has been delayed for now. Filming was supposed to begin in May, but negotiations for some of the cast members are holding things up. The source says, “They wanted to start filming early this summer, but the cast has been on hold. Jeremy Piven finally signed his contract two weeks ago. His deal closed Aug. 29. But there are other members of the cast, including Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara, who are still holding out.”
Supposedly the cast members have been holding out for more money, and it's foregone conclusion that they have the power in this scenario since you can't really replace someone like Grenier (who played series lead Vincent Chase) or Ferrera (Chase's chidlhood friend Turtle), without fans crying foul. Piven is definitely one of the more important parts, but really the whole cast needs to be assembled to make this reunion on the big screen worth it. The Wrap also reports Kevin Connolly (Eric) has finalized a deal, but couldn't discern whether or not Kevin Dillon was on board already.
As we heard last fall, the movie would pick up just six months after the end of the series, even though it's been a few years since the end of the show. The big cliffhanger in the end was when *spoiler alert* Ari (Piven) had given up his Hollywood agent career to live a comfortable life with his wife (Perry Reeves), but one final phone call put that in question when he was given an offer to run his own studio, a dream job for the loud, foulmouthed agent. The Wrap also reveals the film mostly focuses on Ari running his new studio, and one of his big projects involves casting Vincent Chase (Grenier) in a $250 million adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. So that sounds like an episode of Entourage. Stay tuned to see how this plays out.