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article image'Entourage' movie given the go-ahead

By Andrew Ellis     Oct 29, 2013 in Entertainment
The rumors have been there since before the last season ended in 2011, and now it's finally going to happen. HBO's 'Entourage' is headed to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, show creator and screenwriter Doug Ellin broke the news to fans with a tweet that read, "It's a go. Love you all." Accompanying the simple message was a photo of the cast.
Questions on the status of the movie came up when Jerry Ferrara went on "The Wendy Williams Show" yesterday to promote his new movie, "Last Vegas," according to Rolling Stone. He said that everything was "looking really good" and that the rest of actor's deals could possibly be done by the end of the day.
The process of getting the deals signed wasn't exactly easy, though. The first obstacle, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was convincing Jeremy Piven to come back and reprise his role as the "crass and foul-mouthed agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold." Piven eventually closed his deal towards the end of August which included him getting a portion of the movie's "backend," according to Deadline. Once the other cast members found this out they reportedly held out in hopes of getting a portion of the "backend" as well.
The problem with the deal holdouts was that it brought Warner Bros. close to not being eligible for a 20 percent tax credit from the California Film Commission, according to Rolling Stone. Warner Bros said that they would not make the movie without that credit, according to Deadline, because it would help keep the movie's budget under $30 million.
In response to the holdout rumors, Ferrara said this on "The Wendy Williams Show," according to Rolling Stone:
"Here's what I'll say about holdouts: Athletes hold out when they have a contract they don't want to honor. No one's holding out. It just takes a little time. We're actually on schedule."
Along with Ellin's tweet, Piven also tweeted, "Now it's time to go to WORK! the #EntourageMovie is on and I look forward to getting into it my friends. Thanks for your patience...," according to USA Today.
Production is set to begin in January of 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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