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After contentious negotiations had some of the actors snipping on the Internet, it looks like the Entourage movie may finally be ready to go.
“It’s a go. Love you all,” tweeted the show’s creator and screenwriter, Doug Ellin, alongside a photo of the cast.
Sources are saying that the holdouts in the dealmaking process – namely Adrian Grenier, Jesse Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly — are on the verge of signing on.
Studio sources say the deals are still not closed but all the camps are confident. Connolly’s and Dillon’s deals are in the final stages, according to insiders.
The development comes on the heels of Ferrara’s Monday appearance on The Wendy Williams Show to promote his new movie, Last Vegas, where the actor said the Entourage movie is “looking real good” and a deal for it “could be closed today.” What is interesting is that the actor, who was the most contentious to placate, according to sources, was the one who had his deal closed first. Then again, it was his deal closing that prolonged the process.
While the majority of the cast of the HBO show was ready to jump into a big-screen movie, Jeremy Piven resisted, as he was unsure about reprising his role of crass and foul-mouthed agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold. The actor had to be convinced to return. Once that hurdle was overcome, his deal followed.
Piven, who’s always had a more lucrative deal than his co-stars, negotiated a more generous back-end participation than anticipated and his colleagues wanted something more equitable.
That dealmaking protracted and the movie was in jeopardy of seeing the window for its California film tax credit disappear, something that Warner Bros. deemed conditional for its making.
The studio is hoping to begin production in January.
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