With this month marking the one year anniversary since the hit HBO comedy Entourage officially aired its series finale, the long promised feature film that will conclude the show’s story hasn’t seen too many developments. We’ve known that creator Doug Ellin has been crafting the script, while there are plenty involved itching to get back into character. Though then there’s been talk that the film could move into shooting this coming January, Ellin has still been at work with no indication of finalizing the tale just yet. Now, however, the creative mind has revealed that he’s ready to finally move toward pre-production as he’s released a letter detailing just what’s to come.
Writing to Deadline, Ellin revealed that he is currently on the 110th page of the Entourage film’s screenplay and he’s expected to finish up this coming Sunday. From there, the movie is expected to head over to HBO where they will decide whether or not to greenlight the project.
As for the film’s plot itself, Ellin comments that the big screen continuation will pick up six months following the series finale where we were left with the pressing cliffhanger of Ari being offered a job as a studio head following his major move of focusing on his family. “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.”
There is no finalized deal with the cast at this point, but Ellin reveals that he still keeps in touch with each of the five principal cast members. The reason a deal has not yet been reached is due to HBO’s Richard Pleper and Michael Lombardo have only heard “a general pitch” though they’ll likely start making large moves once they finally read the script.
While we don’t quite know exactly where the core four boys will be when we pick up, it’s said the film will still have “Hollywood send-ups and snark” while Ellin himself says he feels renewed when returning to these characters. “I’m excited. I feel a lot of positive energy,” he exclaimed.
We’ll keep you updated on the months ahead as HBO gets their hands on the script and make definite decisions regarding the film’s development.