MTV’s Josh Horowitz had the rapper-turned-actor’s number on speed dial and got his thoughts on the HBO show being approved for film production. While the actor didn’t exactly spill plot details for the upcoming flick, Wahlberg did elaborate on the issues with getting the project greenlit.
MTV: I know we’ve talked the last couple years and you’ve always said, “This is gonna happen, this has been my mission to make this happen.” How tough was it to get this greenlit?
Mark Wahlberg: [[Series creator] Doug [Ellin] wanted to go off to do another show, and HBO liked the idea of doing it, but to have Doug actually have time to sit down and write the script… I always knew the fans wanted a movie. Everywhere I’d go, people are always asking me, “What about ‘Entourage’? What about ‘Entourage’? When’s the movie coming?” So it just took a long time. It took a long time to get it written, get it right, and we got a fantastic script. Warner Bros. is very excited about it. All the guys are excited. Getting everybody in the same place at the same time has been tough as well.”
When the guys were riding off into the sunset during the series finale, everyone seemed to be chasing some sort of dream. Whether it was marriage (Chase), having a baby (Eric), or mending a relationship (Ari), the focus on strong women was very visceral on the show. However, in the movie, producer Mark Wahlberg says that the focus will mainly be “on the guys”. “I always just wanted to get back to where it was just about the guys,” Wahlberg told MTV. “We had a lot of strong female characters, and I love all those characters, but it really was always about the guys.”
So when can we expect to see the bad guys of Hollywood back in front of our collective eyes? Wahlberg says we should expect production to start sometime around spring or summer this year with either a summer of fall 2014 release date.