Friday, December 04, 2009

"Entourage" Hangs Out For Big Screen Debut...

According to producer Mark Wahlberg, the HBO TV series "Entourage" will run for two more seasons before expanding into a big-screen feature film.

HBO recently renewed the show for a seventh season of episodes and is keen on spinning-off another popular series into a movie, after "Sex and The City" followed its TV run with a $65 million budgeted theatrical feature, earning $152,647,258 domestic and $262,605,528 foreign for a worldwide total of $415,252,786.

Debuting on HBO, July 18, 2004 "Entourage" was created by Doug Ellin, following the rise of actor 'Vincent Chase', an 'A-list' film star and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they navigate the terrain of Hollywood, California.

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson are co-executive producers, as the premise is loosely based on Wahlberg's experiences as an up-and-coming movie star.

In order to be more satirical of the Hollywood lifestyle, a fictional approach was chosen rather than a straight doc in order to keep the content light and avoid depicting Wahlberg's violent past.

"Entourage works because it's about male friendship," said Ellin.

"The characters may have the bling, but they're grounded guys who look out for each other. That's the backbone of the show. If it was just about fantasy lifestyles, it wouldn't be relatable."

"If it was just a show about wish fulfillment and guys getting fucked because their best friend was famous, it wouldn't be that interesting," said actor Jeremy Piven who plays Hollywood talent agent 'Ari'.

To strengthen the actors ensemble, only performers with ties to New York were considered for the main cast, with most episodes featuring at least one celebrity guest star.

Sneak Peek "Entourage"...