The long-rumored Entourage movie took a step closer to becoming reality when series creator Doug Ellin informed Deadline that he would be finished with the script by next week.
Ellin says the movie will pick up six months after the conclusion of the HBO series. He stresses that the most important is the relationship between friends Vince (Adrian Grenier), Drama (Kevin Dillion), E (Kevin Connolly) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara).
"Foremost is the friendship between the guys who are still hanging out and going to fun parties, and it continues with the same characters. There are interesting developments about Ari (Jeremy Piven) as a studio head and that's still the first page for me."
Ellin says co-executive producer Mark Wahlberg keeps asking him about the film. Ellin says "Every time I see him, Mark says, 'I've made five movies this year. Get going!"
HBO execs Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo have said that they have only heard "a very general pitch" and need to read the completed script before making deals with the cast and moving forward. Ellin is optimistic though.
"I'm excited. I'm feeling a lot of positive energy. Everywhere I go, people ask me, 'Where's the movie?'"
Let's just hope the final product lives up to the hype and anticipation.