When HBO's "Entourage" rode off into the L.A. sunset after eight seasons, a feature-film follow-up seemed like a sure thing. But more than two years later, the Hummer is still stuck in neutral in Vinnie Chase's driveway. And the delay has led to a very un-bro-like war of words behind the scenes.
Just this week, "Entourage" executive producer Mark Wahlberg (whose own tight inner circle of pals inspired the series) told TMZ that the "Entourage" movie could move forward "as soon as them guys stop being so greedy." Ouch.
He didn't elaborate on exactly who "them guys" are, but stars Adrian Grenier (Vince), Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama), and Jerry Ferrara (Turtle) still haven't signed on the dotted line to appear in the "Entourage" movie. Co-stars Kevin Connolly (Eric) and Jeremy Piven (Ari) reportedly completed their deals earlier this year.
Ferrara insists he's not the one holding things up, telling TMZ he'd do the movie for free. And Grenier offered his own response on Twitter:
Reading between the lines here, it sounds like Grenier is holding out to make sure every main cast member gets paid the same amount, and the studio is reluctant to do so. (Maybe they gave Piven a little extra to reprise his Emmy-winning role as super-agent Ari Gold? And can't afford to pay everyone that much?)
It's been more than a year since "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin finished a script for the film, setting it six months after the series ended. Warner Bros. officially gave it the green light back in January, with Ellin on board to direct and filming scheduled to begin in May. But that's been pushed back while contracts for the remaining cast members are being haggled out. (Oddly, this whole saga feels like a real-life version of an "Entourage" episode. Lloyd!)
When Yahoo TV reached out to Ellin this week, he had no comment on the bad blood. But just last month, he didn't seem too optimistic about the film's chances, telling fans on Twitter that "I wouldn't bet on it" and that it looks "less and less likely every day."
But Grenier is encouraging fans to keep hope alive:
"Should" being the operative word, of course.
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