HBO bosses Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo took the stage Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, and announced, among other newsy tidbits, that an Entourage movie is not dead, Curb Your Enthusiasm is gone… for now and True Blood‘s pulse is still beating in a big way.
While all has seemed quiet on the Entourage flick front recently, Lombardo assured that those wheels are definitely still in motion. “[Creator] Doug [Ellin], as of this week, is on Page 65 [of the] film’s script, and he’s excited about it,” he shared. That said, they’ve still only heard a “very generic pitch” for the movie, and then “after we look at a script, we’ll see if there’s any interest” from the bromantic cast, Lombardo explained.
Another project in the works by HBO, albeit one meant for television, is a film starring Larry David and directed by Greg Mottola. Details on the project are scarce — other than Deadline‘s report that Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton will also co-star — but per Lombardo, this is not a Curb Your Enthusiasm movie. “He’s not playing [that] Larry David,” he clarified.
As for what the project means for additional seasons of David’s quirky comedy, Plepler laughed, “It means whatever Larry wants it to mean for future seasons of Curb… When he wants to come back and do Curb, we’ll be thrilled. I don’t think he’s closed the door on another season.” The movie, however, “absolutely” comes first, he added.
HBO, meanwhile, sees no end in sight for True Blood, which will go on without creator Alan Ball after the upcoming Season 5 finale. “The show’s obviously doing well,” Lombardo shared. “As long as it continues to be performing with the consumer, and more importantly exciting the storytellers, I think we’re there.”
Same goes for its fantasy hit Game of Thrones. “As we’ve said to [author] George R.R. Martin, as long as he keeps writing, we’ll keep producing — and he seems very excited with that proposition,” said Plepler.
Other announcements out of HBO’s executive panel discussion:
• The network is currently “having discussions” about whether or not there should be a fourth season of Treme.
• A documentary on rockers The Rolling Stones is in the works and is tied to the band’s 50th anniversary. Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In The Picture) will direct the project, which has the full involvement of both current and former band members.