It's apparently settled: the Entourage movie no one really wants is really happening. How did we ever get here?
Last night creator Doug Ellin tweeted a happy cast photo, adding, "It's a go." The emphatic statement seemed to be directed at refuting recent reports of infighting between the actors who played superstar Vincent Chase and his gang for eight season on HBO. The TV show is over, but but the idea of making an Entourage movie simply will not die.
2004 — Entourage premieres. The show's a hit! Everyone loves Adrien Grenier's would-be movie star Vince and his friends from Queens. And, hey, Ari Gold curses a lot. Ha! Hollywood!
2007 — With the Sex and the City movie on the way, whispers start about the Entourage movie. Jeremy Piven says it would be "fun to make a movie." He knows it would be because he would get paid a lot of money.
2009 — Mark Wahlberg is seriously pushing this movie thing, telling reporters at the premiere of The Lovely Bones that the show has two more seasons and movie in it. By this point the show has lost favor with critics for basically plodding along with no real conflict for its leads. By 2008 Vulture had "renounced" the show.
2010 — Wahlberg is still banging the drum for the movie, telling MTV: "I am more focused on making that movie than my own films." In November it's announced that the show will end the following summer and HBO programming president Michael Lombard notes that Ellin "wants to write a film, but wants to do it when the story will make sense."
2011 — The show ends. Bye bye, Entourage. It's assumed that there's going to be a movie. "What’s next in the Entourage universe?" Ken Tucker at Entertainment Weekly asked. "Probably a feature film, as the show follows in the footsteps of its HBO sister-show, Sex and the City. I can’t say I’m looking forward to paying money at the box office to see an actor as flyweight as Adrian Grenier try to actually be what Vince supposedly was — a movie star — or watch Ari scream while running a movie studio. "
2012 — Wahlberg tells GQ in January his idea for the movie: "I think a 90-minute movie of sheer craziness—the guys getting back to just being about the guys, you know? Lose the ladies. Go crazy. Give people what they want." Sounds bro-tastic. By September, Ellin tells Deadline that he is about finished with the screenplay, which starts six months after the show left off with Ari Gold as a studio head.
October 2013 — All is not well in the Entourage universe. Wahlberg tells TMZ (yeah...) that the movie will happen "as soon as them guys stop being so greedy." The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit reveals that while Piven closed his deal for the movie, the hold up revolves around the other stars wanting the same amount of money. Jerry Ferrara (Turtle) then tried to save face, saying the delay is about scheduling, and everything is about to get all settled. And lo! That same day Ellin tweets that everything is set. You're getting an Entourage movie whether you want one or not. Tough love every one!