A couple of days ago, it was announced that Christian Bale will star as Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann's upcoming Ferrari film. This is great as it offers a solid team up on an interesting subject. The TV show Entourage, which follows a group of friends through their Hollywood rise to fame had this film being made a couple of years ago. In the leading role, it starred none other than Vincent Chase, the show's protagonist. It's also particularly interesting since this isn't the first time a movie we saw being made on Entourage is really being made a couple of years later, and I thought it'd be fun to take a look more of these instances.
1) An Aquaman Film
In Entourage: In the fictionalized Hollywood of Entourage, an Aquaman movie actually came out a lot sooner, all the way back in 2006. It starred Vincent Chase as the DC comics superhero and was directed by none other than...wait for it...James Cameron! The film went on to gross a monstrous $116 million opening weekend, beating Spider-Man for the highest opening weekend record at the time. And we must credit the show for accuracy since the film was released by none other than Warner Brothers.
In Reality: As most know, Warner Brothers has set its plans for the DC Cinematic Universe in motion. Batman vs Superman will be the big bang in a couple of months followed by a variety of releases, one of which will be a solo Aquaman film in 2018. It'll star Jason Mamoa of Game of Thrones fame and will be directed by James Wan who most recently directed Furious 7, which went on to become one of the most successful films of all time.
2) A Pablo Escobar Film
In Entourage: At some point or the other, every actor is bound to have a disaster that can put their career in jeopardy. For Vincent Chase, that was Medellin: A Pablo Escobar story co-starring Monica Bellucci. An independent film that was more of a passion project for its star, Medellin's Cannes premiere reception was so abysmal that it went for a straight to DVD release and had many questioning if Vincent Chase would ever be the lead in a Hollywood film again.
In Reality: While there have many many small scale attempts at the story that have mostly gone under the radar and a Netflix show - there's only one project that really compares to what we saw on Entourage, the Untitled Pablo Escobar biopic starring academy award winners Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Fernando Leon de Aradoa is attached to write and direct. Shooting begins later this year.
3) A Great Gatsby Adaption
In Entourage: After the disaster of Medellin, Vince's career was rescued with Gatsby, an adaption of the classic novel. Directed by Martin Scorsese, Gatsby starred Vince as Nick Carraway and surrounded him with an ensemble that included the likes of John C. Reilly, Vera Farmiga, Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman and Ryan Gosling. The film opened to a $37 million weekend in 2009 and went on to become a hit, resurrecting Vince's career and cementing his A list status in Hollywood.
In Reality: The only movie listed that isn't in the works but has actually already been released and done quite well, is none other than 2013's The Great Gatsby. Directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring the one and only Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby himself and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, the film opened to the tune of $51 million and went on to become a success equal to what its fictional counterpart had foreshadowed.
4) A Ferrari Film
In Entourage: Vincent Chase continued his hot streak playing Enzo Ferrari in Ferrari, a 2010 film directed by Frank Darabont. The film was shot on location in Italy and co starred Al Pacino and Marion Cotillard. Unfortunately, at this point the show was focusing more on Vince's friends since his career was already established and we never got the details of how this film did. However, the creator of the show, Doug Ellin chose to comment on the matter saying the film was critically acclaimed and enjoyed modest success.
In Reality: As we've already discussed, Christian Bale is all set to play Enzo Ferrari in the Michael Mann helmed film. It has been a passion project for the director in consideration for almost 15 years, and while it's too early to say anything, with the talent attached to it this film has a lot of potential.
As a worthy mention, when the show wrapped up, Vince was set to make the transition to Marvel and play the character of Air-Walker. The film was to be directed by Peter Berg. A relatively lesser known comic character, its unlikely that this film will come to fruition in the coming years. However, maybe when it's in phase 6, Marvel may really need to scrape the bottom of the barrel and so there's always hope!
Now I know that some of these stories have been adapted in various other forms and smaller scale films over history and it was a safe bet that that they'd really be made as A list Hollywood films someday. Yet, it's interesting to see how so many of them are coming to be not too many years after Entourage had them. Additionally, these films are being made with stars and directors comparable to those who were involved in the fictional projects on the show. That being said, there are films that were made on Entourage that should NEVER be made in reality. If you've seen the Entourage movie that came out in June, you know what I'm talking about.