EXCLUSIVE: ‘Entourage’ Movie A Big Priority For Mark Wahlberg, TV Series To ‘End With A Bang’ Next Year

The seventh season of “Entourage” arrives on HBO in just a few weeks, and executive producer Mark Wahlberg is awfully excited about its future. After all, it was he who spawned talk of a movie to follow the TV series some months back. Speaking to MTV ’s Josh Horowitz on the red carpet at Sunday’s 2010 MTV Movie Awards, it’s clear that a feature-length adventure with Vinnie Chase and his pals is still very much the plan.

“I am more focused on making that movie than my own films,” Wahlberg said. “I just think we can make a great movie. I think people always wanted [it] and have complained that the episodes are too short — they’ve always wanted more. I think we’re going to do it.”

The real question is: when? It’s not unheard for a movie adaptation to surface while a TV series is still ongoing, but after six seasons, with a seventh starting this month, it’s more likely that we’ll see the movie follow the show. Wahlberg confirms that, and even lays out a rough timetable.

“I think we’re going to do it. We just have to end strong, and this season is, by far, the best season so far,” he said. “We’re going to have six episodes next year and end with a bang and then in the trailer you see [Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and his associate, Lloyd] waking up together in Vegas not knowing what happened.”

What’s not clear if season seven will be split into two parts, a la the third season, or if next year’s six episodes are their own thing. Not that it matters; it’s all semantics in the end. This season, plus six episodes in 2011 and then the movie. Work for you?