‘Entourage’ movie being written by show’s creator

But the film will not go into production until the script is complete and the cast sign contracts

An Entourage movie is currently being written by the show’s creator Doug Ellin.

The HBO series about an up-and-coming film star and his posse of childhood friends debuted in 2004 and ran for eight seasons. Since the show ended last year (2011), both Ellin and executive producer Mark Wahlberg have discussed plans for a full-length feature film spin-off.

Now HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo has revealed that Ellin is making good progress on the movie’s screenplay. He told Collider: “As of this week, Doug [Ellin] is on page 65. He’s writing a film script, and he’s excited about it.” According to industry rule-of-thumb, a typical screenplay for a two-hour feature film would stretch to 120 pages, suggesting that the Entourage script is roughly half-finished.

However, Lombardo also admitted that the movie has no chance of getting the green-light until Ellin’s screenplay is complete. He explained: “After we take a look at the script, we will see if there is any interest. We still have to make deals with the cast, and then figure out whether it is something that makes sense or not. But he’s in process of writing, as we speak.”

Each of the show’s main cast members – Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon – has previously expressed an interest in the Entourage movie. As well as serving as executive producer, Wahlberg made four guest appearances on the show over the years, the most recent coming in 2010.