Image Credit: Michael Muller/HBO; Inset: Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMore encouraging news for Entourage fans who don’t want to say goodbye to Eric, Vincent, Johnny and Turtle when the HBO show wraps next year: Mark Wahlberg, who exec produces the comedy, acknowledged to EW that he hasn’t stopped thinking about a possible Entourage movie and “we want it to happen.”
“We have one last season left on TV and then it would probably take place after the finale,” Wahlberg said while walking the red carpet for Monday’s premiere of The Fighter. “There are places to go. I’m still here all these years later, aren’t I? My story didn’t end in my 20s.”
Wahlberg added one caveat, however: “We won’t make it if we don’t have a good script.”
Last summer, HBO announced that Entourage will wrap during the summer of 2011 after eight seasons. At the time, HBO chief Michael Lombardo said that Encourage creator Doug Ellin wanted to write a film.
Meanwhile, Wahlberg’s relationship with HBO continues to extend far beyond Entourage. He’s also an executive producer on In Treatment, How to Make it in America and Boardwalk Empire, as well as several pilots in development (one of which focuses on the CIA and another about the porn) that the actor is developing under his Closest to the Hole production banner. “I do it all fulltime,” Wahlberg says about this TV production work. “I don’t do anything half-ass so I don’t think in terms of quitting acting to just produce or vice versa. I don’t have to, so why? I like doing it all. Usually, I want to be doing the complete opposite of whatever I am doing at the time. Certainly when I was working out in a ring for five hours for [The Fighter], I dreamed about sitting in my cushy office reading a script for Entourage. And no matter what I’m doing, I’m wishing I was playing golf.”
As for developing shows exclusively for HBO, Wahlberg said he’s got a good thing going. “Why fix something that isn’t broken? I like that we have more flexibility in the kind of shows we can make with them and the subject matter we can cover. There’s more freedom on cable.”
With reporting from Carrie Bell