The Fighter star serves as an executive producer on the popular comedy drama, which is loosely based on his own early experiences in Hollywood.
Talk of an Entourage movie has been circulating for some time and the show's stars - Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon - are all keen to reprise their characters for a movie version.
And Wahlberg has vowed to put up the cash himself if studio bosses take too long to move forward with the idea, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Show creator and writer Doug Ellin says, "We're going to do a movie; it's a question of when and how quickly."
Wahlberg adds, "I said If I had to finance it myself, I'd do it."
The eighth and final season of the show began airing in the U.S. last week (24Jul11).
If Sex and the City gets multiple full-length features, why can't "Sex and The City for guys" get one too? Now that Entourage is coming to an end, the boys are talking about next steps and since every show that ends seems to feel the need to tease a movie nowadays (and Entourage had already been doing so for years) creator Doug Ellin dropped the no-so shocking bombshell at the TCA summer press tour:
I’ve said that if I have to finance it myself, I’ll do it... We’re gonna do a movie. It’s just a question of when and how quick… and then we’ll make it happen.
Well, there you have it. Even as a loyal fan of the long-lived Tinsel Town romp, I'm not sure a movie is the best idea. The show is pretty well played out, our characters need to ride off onto Sunset Boulevard and stop having trouble making movies, not delve into real-life back and forth and failed negotiations for one final big screen run. We love our boys, but it's time for them to say goodbye.
As for the series-ender, the boys told the folks at TCA that there will be no deaths, it won't be left open-ended, and that we can expect "a vibe of where we were back in year one." So why not leave it on that note, Mr. Ellin?
Do you want to see an Entourage movie? Or are you ready to bid the boys adieu?
The former fighting champion, who has moved into showbusiness in recent years with roles in The Hangover movie and its sequel, has created a new TV show called Da Brick, which focuses on the experiences of a young, black boxer growing up in Newark, New Jersey.
Lee is onboard to direct the project, and Entourage creator Doug Ellin has revealed the idea came when Tyson filmed a 2010 cameo appearance in the comedy-drama series, which is based on the early experience of actor Mark Wahlberg.
Ellin tells Deadline.com, "That's when Mike asked me, why don't (you) do with my life what we did with Mark's life. The initial idea was Entourage meets The Wire, an edgy story about an up-and-coming boxer and his crew that is much more dramatic than Entourage."
Every once in a while, we all get to thinking…What if Entourage was about boxers? And it was set in Newark? And it wasn’t a comedy?
Entourage writer/producer Doug Ellin is setting out to answer these questions with a show HBO is developing: Da Brick. And working along with Ellin on the program include—get ready for this—Spike Lee, and—here’s the kicker—Mike Tyson.
Apparently, the idea blossomed from a conversation Tyson had with Ellin during the former’s guest spot on Entourage in 2010. Tyson suggested a series based on his own rise to fame in boxing, paralleling Entourage roots in Mark Wahlberg acting origins. Ellin was interested in the project, but decided to only play producer, presumably as his writing roots are primarily in comedy. Producing the show with Ellin is regular partner Jim Lefkowitz, and acting as writer and showrunner is John Ridley, Lee’s partner in a developing film about the L.A. riots. Also involved with production are Azim Spicer and Tyson's wife, Lakiha Tyson.
So, what is to be expected from a show based around a young Mike Tyson? Well, that’s just the thing. The man is as boundless as person can get in terms of conduct—so, add to the mix that we’re dealing with a plane of fiction and we can expect to see some things I don't think the human race is prepared for.
Apparently Doug Ellin, the executive producer of Entourage, asked former Representative Anthony Weiner to appear on the show (for the record, he asked before he resigned). Wanna guess what he said? Ellin says he hasn’t heard a peep from Weiner’s staff.
I’m not exactly sure what Ellin was hoping for. After all, if you were a humiliated government elected official, would your first move be to appear in the douchiest of all douchey television shows for a cameo? If anything, that would only hurt Weiner’s public approval rating and that’s already fairly low. This seems like the first smart thing Weiner has done in a long while.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The troubled actor was fired from his role in popular sitcom Two and a Half Men earlier this year (11) after months of bizarre antics and a public feud with the show's creator, Chuck Lorre.
He has now been given the chance to grace TV screens once again with a part in Entourage, which stars Adrian Grenier as a pampered movie star.
Entourage creator Doug Ellin has confirmed he has approached Sheen, but is waiting for a response. He tells TV Guide, "I called his manager and was told maybe I'd get him,. But I'm still waiting for Charlie to call me back. I'd come up with something good."
The man behind HBO's hit, Entourage, is bringing a show called 40 to HBO. Doug Ellin calls his new show a version of Entourage meets hedge funds. Oh joy. It originally started out as more of a sexy, fun version but when the economy began to slip they reevaluated their approach. Edward Burns stars as one of four middle aged men who live in New York city as they navigate the 40-something blues as the result of the 2008 economic crisis as well as their own life issues like marriage, friendships and success. So basically it's Sex and the City with men and no Manolo Blahniks or swanky fashion parties (besides their characters probably wouldn't be able to afford them even if they wanted them). Burns plays a wealthy banker whose bank collapses, leaving him high and dry. While this plot sounds a little like Dirty Sexy Money minus the family drama and stupid, fun stuff, they did make a great casting choice with Burns. If they do this right, they could have a really great New York homage on their hands because Burns has made himself a go-to NYC indie filmmaker; he knows the city well and I doubt he'd take part in something that didn't do it justice.
The adult film star was approached by Entourage creator Doug Ellin to appear in an upcoming episode in a plotline reportedly inspired by actor Charlie Sheen's late 1990s affair with former porn actress Ginger Lynn.
Ellin admits the part was written specifically for Grey, stating, "I wouldn't have done this storyline if Sasha passed (on the role)."
And the actress has already made friends on the set.
Grenier tells TV Guide, "You can't believe she's a porn star when you meet her."
Grey will make her Entourage debut in the upcoming seventh season of the show, which begins airing in the U.S. in June (10).
It's not her first non-porn role - Grey won critical acclaim for her part in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 movie The Girlfriend Experience.
HBO is reteaming with the producers behind Entourage to develop a politically charged series.
Variety reports that Leverage's Stephen Levinson,Mark Wahlberg and Doug Ellin are prepping a project that centers on a young political aide and his relationship with his idol, the former President of the United States.
Ben Schwerin is writing the project and would serve as co-exec producer, while Ellin, Levinson and Wahlberg are all attached as executive producers.
The new series continues the paybox's relationship with Levinson and Wahlberg, who are also exec producers on In Treatment and the upcoming Martin Scorsese drama Boardwalk Empire. The duo are also exec producers on HBO's new buddy comedy How to Make It in America.
Separately, HBO is developing a half-hour dramedy series to be based on the Pamela Des Barres' memoir, I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie. Deadline.com reports that Zooey Deschanel will star and executive produce with her manager Sarah Jackson of Seven Summits, and Tim Gibbons, an executive producer of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The gay Asian star, who plays Lloyd on the programme, admitted he was "occasionally" targeted by crewmembers for his lifestyle.
Lee told TMZ.com he had been subjected to "insensitive gay jokes", but added, "I try not to let it bother me."
Ellin is "shocked and horrified" to learn of Lee's claims, and has promised to take charge of the matter when filming on the seventh season begins next year (10).
He says, "(I) will be speaking to everybody before we start filming again in March. It's not something condoned or acceptable."