No, that is not just a Johnny Drama quote from the fictitious show Viking Quest, it’s an exclamation that the Entourage movie has finally been given the greenlight by Warner Bros.
Long rumored to be in just the conceptual phase, the Entourage film will become a reality at some time in the near future. Deadline reports that the big screen version will be penned by HBO series created Doug Ellin and produced by Mark Wahlberg. Naturally, deals are being made with all the original actors with additional plans to sprinkle the movie with real Hollywood talent.
Of course, the series-to-movie move is not a new thing for an HBO show; Sex and the City leveraged its successful run into two movies, the first of which was much higher in quality than the second (or so I’m told – I could never admit in public to having seen either). Ok, so I did see those movies and, if anything, they offered fans of the series an opportunity to see their favorite characters go through more crazy hijinks.
I’m expecting the same from an Entourage film. In fact, I’m hoping with crossed fingers that Ellin and Wahlberg have come up with something that goes down easier than the saccharine series finale, which capped the series with an epically bad aftertaste. Entourage made it to 8 seasons, the first two of which were utterly brilliant, the third semi-awesome and the rest had just flashes of good and a whole lot of bad.
But I, like many fans, stuck around, because the characters were fun to watch and the cartoonish depiction of Hollywood was fun to laugh at. Hopefully, this film achieves the brilliance of the first few seasons of the show and not the insipidness of the last few.