Posted: 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
By Dan Clarendon
Only two years after Vinnie and his friends drove into the California sunset, HBO comedy Entourage is officially headed to the big screen.
Adrian Grenier, who plays protagonist movie star Vinnie Chase, tweeted a photo of the cast reading over the script on January 30 — and circling the table are Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), Kevin Connolly (Eric "E" Murphy), creator/director Doug Ellin, and Mr. Grenier himself.
The TV series — loosely based on executive producer Mark Wahlberg's ascent to fame and his posse of friends — chronicled Vinnie's career as an A-lister alongside his childhood friends (and frequent roommates) from Queens. Entourage ran for eight star-studded seasons from 2004 to 2011 and racked up two dozen Emmy nominations with six wins — including three wins for Jeremy Piven.
Adrian first confirmed the film in September 2011, around the time of the series finale. By September 2012, Doug Ellin had finished the script, and the project was greenlit in January 2013.
However, production delays and reported contract disputes threatened to derail the project before the cast agreed to a deal in October. Filming started on January 16 in Miami.As Ari would say, we're glad that they decided to "hug it out, b—h."