Mark Wahlberg has been in Hong Kong this week for the world premiere of “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. The publicity tour is happening just a few weeks after filming wrapped on the feature film version of HBO’s “Entourage” which Wahlberg is producing.
During the T4 press rounds, Wahlberg says he just saw a rough cut of the “Entourage” movie and is so happy with it he thinks they should not only move it up from the current June 2015 release date, but start planning the sequel. He tells Access Hollywood:
“‘Entourage,’ I just saw the movie. It’s fantastic. The stakes are so big. You’re rooting for these guys to succeed. There’s so much humor and heart in it and [director] Doug [Ellin] just did an amazing job.
I don’t think we’re going to be able to wait a year to release the movie. We’re going to show the studio sooner, rather than later, he explained. If it makes most sense to wait until June, we’ll wait until June.
I told Doug let’s not wait for the movie to come out to start planning the next one because this is definitely going to be a big success. If I have anything to do with it there will be.”
Warner Bros. Pictures may end up moving the film just to get out of the crush of the crammed Summer 2015 tentpole season. The big challenge though is if the film can breakthrough out of its niche and through to a mainstream and global audience as the show’s overnight ratings for the network were only a small fraction of the numbers HBO scores for shows like “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective” and “True Blood”. It also doesn’t have that obvious demo appeal that something like “Sex and the City” had.