You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Wahlberg brings his ‘Entourage’ to HBO

Mark Wahlberg is hatching “The Entourage,” a comedy series for HBO about the chaotic existence of the core group of people behind a movie star.

Along with his manager Steve Levinson of Leverage Ent., Wahlberg will executive produce and develop the series, which hopes to do for assistants, bodyguards, agents, lawyers and publicists of an A-list feature star what “The Larry Sanders Show” did for the harried staff of a late night talk show.

Show is the first attempt as a series creation for Wahlberg, who will not appear in the show but expects to be involved behind the scenes. HBO has ordered a pilot script, which will be written by Doug Ellin, whose credits include scripting directing the U feature “Kissing A Fool.” While the movie star will likely be seen only in glimpses, it is unclear yet whether they will target a real one who might cameo or get a fictional composite of a star like Wahlberg’s “Perfect Storm” captain George Clooney or Bruce Willis. The Endeavor-repped Wahlberg will next be seen starring with Thandie Newton in the Jonathan Demme-directed U drama “The Truth About Charlie.”

“GONE” FOR AFFLECK: Paramount and producer Alan Ladd Jr. have optioned the Dennis Lehane novel “Gone, Baby, Gone” and will develop the private eye drama as a potential franchise for Ben Affleck, who takes over Par’s Jack Ryan franchise this summer with “The Sum of All Fears.” “Gone” was published in 1998 and revolved around an unlikely pair of Boston private eyes Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. The book is the fifth in the gritty mystery series, and it is the second to be optioned by Ladd and Par, which also control “Prayers For Rain.” They expect to develop both after making a deal with the Ann Rittenberg Lit Agency, which recently sold another Lehane novel, “Mystic River” to Warner Bros. That book has been quickly adapted by Brian Helgeland, and Clint Eastwood expects to direct it late this year.

SCI-FI ON RADAR DOCKET: Radar Pictures, which just sold “They” to Dimension and go into production this year at Universal on “Pitch Black II: The Chronicles of Riddick” and at New Line with its “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” redo, has gone back to the horror/sci-fi well. Led by execs Tom Engelman and David Boyle, Radar’s optioned “Brain Wave,” the Poul Anderson cautionary tale about a cosmic phenomenon that drastically elevates the intelligence of all life forms on earth, as well as William Tenn’s “Child’s Play,” a horror film about a man mistakenly receiving a Christmas gift from 500 years in the future. Pics will be produced by Created By partners Ralph Vicinanza and Vince Gerardis along with Rader’s Scott Kroopf and Engelman, with Ted Field exec producing. “Rather than the usual aliens or monsters, the scifi scares in `Brain Wave’ come from the mind, and `Child’s Play’ is about creating the ultimate plaything that can’t be controlled,” said Engelman.

“BEDROOM” KATZ IN HBO EYE:With “The Laramie Project” bowing at HBO and “In the Bedroom” an Oscar contender, Gotham-based producer Ross Katz has capped a whirlwind first year by signing an overall deal to develop films for HBO under his Elemental Films banner. Katz stepped out as a producer after spending six years as a Good Machine production exec. He produced “The Laramie Project” with Good Machine’s Anne Carey and Ted Hope, and his first feature action came producing Todd Field’s’ “In the Bedroom” with Field and Graham Leader. “We watched Ross develop into a powerhouse producer, and you couldn’t ask for a bigger year than the one Ross had,” said Good Machine’s Hope.

LITERARY GRAPPLING: The prestige publisher Knopf has added to its author roster Mick Foley, who’s better known for his work in the squared circle than in literary circles. Foley, the 6’4″ 290 pound retired pro wrestler who used to be best known for wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask and answering to the name Mankind, scored a bestseller for his autobiography, “Have A Nice Day,” as well as its sequel, “Foley is Good.” Now, his managers at Braverman Bloom and Janklow-Nesbit’s Luke Janklow got a six figure deal for Foley first novel, “Tietam Brown,” about a father returning after 14 years to retrieve his son from an orphanage.

More Film

  • Luca Guadagnino Teams With Valentino on

    Luca Guadagnino Teams With Valentino Designer on Short Film Starring Julianne Moore (EXCLUSIVE)

    Luca Guadagnino has teamed up with Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of the Valentino fashion house, to make a short movie fusing the aesthetics of film and haute couture and featuring an A-list cast comprising Julianne Moore, Kyle MacLachlan, Marthe Keller, KiKi Layne, Mia Goth and Alba Rohrwacher. The 35-minute film, portraying different chapters [...]

  • Edgar Wright

    Edgar Wright Preps London-Set Psychological Horror Movie, Talks ‘Baby Driver 2’

    Edgar Wright’s next project will be a psychological horror film set in London’s Soho district and with a female lead. The “Baby Driver” writer and helmer has also talked about the sequel to that movie, and said a first draft of “Baby Driver 2” is ready. Wright was talking to British film magazine Empire. The [...]

  • Trailer for Berlin Panorama Opener 'Flatland'

    Trailer for Berlin Panorama Opener 'Flatland' Revealed (EXCLUSIVE)

    Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for Jenna Bass’s “Flatland,” which is the opening film of Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. Sales are being handled by The Match Factory. The South African film is a contemporary Western centering on a journey of self-discovery for three different but equally trapped women. “It paints [...]

  • 'Captain Marvel' Lands Day-and-Date China Release

    'Captain Marvel' Lands Day-and-Date China Release

    Marvel Studios’ hotly anticipated blockbuster “Captain Marvel” will hit Chinese theaters on the same day as it debuts in North America. The Brie Larson-starring picture will release on March 8, 2019, which is also International Women’s Day. Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film tells the story of Carol Danvers, a former fighter [...]

  • Peter Rabbit trailer

    Australia Box Office Recovers, Grows 3.6% in 2018

    Gross theatrical box office in Australia grew by 3.6% in 2018, to $890 million (A$1.25 billion). The score was propelled by a rebound in the performance of the top local films. Data from the Motion Picture Distributors Assn. of Australia published Tuesday showed aggregate cinema revenues recovering after a dip in 2017. While the 2018 [...]

  • Why Megan Mullally Won't Talk Politics

    Q&A: Why Megan Mullally Won't Talk Politics While Hosting the SAG Awards

    Megan Mullally is funny. The “Will & Grace” star can also sing and dance. While she’s not picking up the Oscar hosting gig after the Kevin Hart fiasco, Mullally will take center stage on Sunday, Jan. 27 when she makes her debut as the host of the 25th annual SAG Awards. Variety caught up with [...]

  • Glass trailer

    'Glass': Five Box Office Takeaways From M. Night Shyamalan's Thriller

    With his fifth No. 1 box office opening, M. Night Shyamalan has plenty to celebrate. “Glass,” the conclusion to a trilogy that consists of the 2000 cult hit “Unbreakable” and 2016’s box office sensation “Split,” topped the box office last weekend — though its win comes with a few caveats. James McAvoy reprised his role [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content