HBO presented their panels to the Television Critics Association today, beginning with an executive panel with Michael Lombardo, president of programming, and co-president Richard Plepler. When asked about the status of the "Entourage" feature film, Lombardo gave a very specific update.
“Doug [Elin] as of this week is on page 65,” Lombardo said. “He’s writing a film script and he’s excited about it. I heard a very general pitch for it and I think after we take a look at the script, we will see if there’s any interest to [make it.]”
Why wouldn’t they make an “Entourage” movie? Why even commission a script if you weren’t planning to make it? This is just cautious executive talk.
“We’d still have to make deals with the cast and then figure out whether this is something that makes sense or not,” Lombardo explained. “He’s in process as we speak.”
“Entourage” ended its run on HBO last year, leaving the door open for a movie, a la the Sex and the City movie that was quite successful for HBO. The show starred Adrian Grenier as movie star Vincent Chase, who keeps his best friends around for his Hollywood ride.
Though the show thrived on inside Hollywood storylines and celebrity cameos, the series wrapped up by healing its characters’ relationships. Ari (Jeremy Piven) and his wife (Perrey Reeves) reconciled, E (Kevin Connolly) and Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) flew away to an exotic destination wedding. Even Vince settled down with a reporter (Alice Eve).
The movie could pick up anywhere in Chase’s career. Or Ari’s, if you stayed for the post-credits easter egg. Ari had retired from his agency to spend more time with his family, but he’s already got another offer.
We’ll be back with more on Entourage if there’s also a role in it for Drama.