July 29, 2011 / 2:17 AM / 8 years ago

"Entourage" creator says movie of hit show will happen

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It seems only fitting that Vince Chase and his buddies may soon be seen on movie theater screens after ending their successful run on television,

Actors (L-R) Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara arrive at the premiere of HBO's final season of 'Entourage' in New York July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

“Entourage” creator Doug Ellin said on Thursday he sees a feature film spinoff from the popular HBO series, which is now in its eighth and final season.

“We are going to do a movie. It’s a question of when and how quick. Hopefully we will sit down and come up with an idea,” Ellin told reporters at the bi-annual Television Critics Association meetings.

He said the final season of the series about top young actor Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier), his friends and hyper-driven Hollywood agent leaves the characters and plots open to transition into a movie.

“I wanted to leave it with an element of, ‘we loved hanging with these guys and we are going to miss them.’...There are no major deaths, no major plot lines,” he said.

Mark Wahlberg, executive producer of the series that is based on his own early life as an upcoming actor in Hollywood, threw his support behind a movie version.

“If I had to finance it myself I would do it...I certainly hope that this has a chance to become a feature film. People are always saying the episodes are too short. They want to go on a journey with these guys,” Wahlberg said.

With filming already finished on the final season, the cast said Thursday’s appearance at the bi-annual TV critics presentation in Los Angeles was the last time they would be all be together.

“This is literally the last time we will all be sitting together as a TV show. Even as we sit here it is still bitter sweet. It has been a hell of a run,” said an emotional Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric. “I don’t know. I don’t want to start crying.”

The five main actors described the last day of filming as a crazy and emotional day. Jeremy Piven (Agent Ari Gold) said the last day on set was “like trying to act in the middle of a riot”, and he said he had been allowed to keep Ari’s flashy wristwatch as a souvenir.

Grenier said it was “like the last day of high school. People signing yearbooks, sets visits from friends. It was hard to get anyone to focus.”

“We are all choked up, we have been together for eight years. We have spent countless hours together. We are all very proud of (the show) and we know we will always be connected on some level,” he said.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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