Doug Ellin has sold HBO his next comedy series, which explores the question, “What if the guys on ‘Entourage’ grew up?”
“Entourage” creator-exec producer Ellin is writing an untitled half-hour he described to Daily Variety as a “mature version of ‘Entourage’ set on Wall Street.” The action revolves around a fortysomething hedge fund trader and his circle of guy pals.
Project is the first to emerge from Ellin’s overall development deal with HBO, which renewed “Entourage” for a fourth season last month.
Ellin will exec produce the pilot with Stephen Levinson. Idea was hatched by the pair after they realized several of their friends from college — “regular, fraternity brother-type guys,” Ellin said — were banking $40 million-$50 million a year on Wall Street.
“They make Vince look like a peasant,” Ellin joked.
“I wanted to do a show that deals with these men who are making obscene amounts of money at a young age,” he said. “It’s a comedy, but it will be more mature than ‘Entourage.’ The characters will be dealing with grown-up issues such as marriage, getting older and working within the professional ranks.”
A script is in the works and Ellin cites several real-life situations as the basis for the pilot.
“New money — the kind you don’t inherit — puts you on a different stratosphere, and that’s what I think will be interesting in this show,” Ellin said, adding the group of friends will comprise both wealthy and middle-class guys. “What happens when you’ve made all of this money? What kind of stress does it put on your relationships?”
Endeavor-repped Ellin just wrapped the second half of the third season of “Entourage,” which will bow next year.