Thu 31 Jan 2013
Yesterday, Entourage fans finally got the good news they’ve been waiting for since the show ended in 2011. Almost immediately after the HBO series concluded, rumors of a full length movie spread through Hollywood and the blogs. In the past, Mark Wahlberg talked about being open to doing the film, but remained adamant about taking his time to make sure it was done right with Entourage creator/writer Doug Ellis. MTV was the first to get Marky Mark on the phone to discuss the preliminary details.
Well, hopefully [we’ll shoot in] spring. Spring or summer. May, June, depending on scheduling. But hopefully as soon as possible. And then release, I mean, either a summer movie or a fall movie, depending. But I like the summer. I like April, May [next year].
I mean, we always felt like it was a movie, but we had to just make these 30-minute episodes. That was one of the one of the frustrating things. It always felt like we left the audience wanting more, which is a good thing in doing television. I think its story and its characters were a world people really missed and really enjoyed.
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MTV News: I know we’ve talked the last couple years and you’ve always said, “This is gonna happen, this has been my mission to make this happen.” How tough was it to get this greenlit?
Mark Wahlberg: [Series creator] Doug [Ellin] wanted to go off to do another show, and HBO liked the idea of doing it, but to have Doug actually have time to sit down and write the script … I always knew the fans wanted a movie. Everywhere I’d go, people are always asking me, “What about ‘Entourage’? What about ‘Entourage’? When’s the movie coming?” So it just took a long time. It took a long time to get it written, get it right, and we got a fantastic script. Warner Bros. is very excited about it. All the guys are excited. Getting everybody in the same place at the same time has been tough as well.
MTV: So were you reading a lot of what Doug was working on, or did you wait till he had a draft he was happy with?
Wahlberg: No, we talked about the ideas, and then it was like, “OK, go do your thing.” And then the script came in, and it was long. It was a process. Getting it right, getting a nice balance of all the guys, and getting the guys back together. I always just wanted to get back to where it was just about the guys. We had a lot of strong female characters, and I love all those characters, but it really was always about the guys.