'Entourage' Movie: 'It's a Go' Deadline
After months -- if not more -- of delays and false starts, the "Entourage" movie is indeed going to happen. Deadline.com reports that director Doug Ellin confirmed the news in a tweet, writing: “It’s a go. love you all."
"Deals for Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Connolly have been reached, sources say," Dominic Patten writes in the Deadline piece. "Working with Warner Bros., producers Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson stepped in to close the offers this weekend."
Details have yet to surface on who will get what, but the four actors will participate in the movie's backend, the story reports.
Patten adds: "Even though my colleague Mike Fleming Jr. broke the story back in January that a movie of the HBO series had the green light from Warner Bros., this all started when Jeremy Piven closed his deal for the pic around the end of August with part of the backend. The other cast members started wanting a bit of that profit-participation pie too. The ripple effect was that Grenier, Dillon, Ferrara and, to a lesser degree, Connolly held out for what they hoped would be a big payoff down the line."
Filming wasn't scheduled to begin anyway until January, Patten notes. That's when Piven will be on a break from "Mr. Selfridge," his ITV/PBS series.
"On top of the dispute among the actors and the producers, Warners was adamant that the budget for 'Entourage' the movie stay at $30 million and would not go ahead if the pic doesn’t meet the mid-January deadline to remain eligible for the 20% tax credit it got from California Film Commission program earlier this year," Patten notes.
The original series ran for eight seasons on HBO, from 2004-2011.