When it comes to Hollywood deal-making, hugging it out isn't going to cut it.
The Hollywood Reporter has an in-depth article detailing what exactly is holding up the long-awaited movie version of HBO's "Entourage." And it seems the problem has to do with Jeremy Piven's salary.
No, Piven himself isn't making diva demands; the actor has already signed his movie deal. Rather, some or all of the other cast members -- Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon -- are holding out for salaries similar to Piven's.
When "Entourage" first premiered on HBO, Piven was the only established star, and thus made more money. He also is the only cast member to win Emmy Awards (three of them), though Kevin Dillon received three nominations. And as the larger-than-life, foul-mouthed Ari Gold, PIven became the face of the series.
But after the show's successful run on HBO, it seems some of Piven's colleagues want more lucrative deals for the movie. Producer Mark Wahlberg snarked that the movie would start filming when the actors "stop being so greedy." Grenier, who plays movie star Vinnie Chase, shot back a statement posted on Instagram that read: " I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY."
The salary issues need to be worked out quickly, though. THR notes that the film is eligible for a California tax credit, but needs to start filming in the next few months. Connolly, at least, is hopeful that the deals will get signed.
"Everybody's in line," he told TMZ recently. "It's gonna be good. January, we're going to do it. It's not official, but it will be."
[via The Hollywood Reporter]