A Sopranos movie? Don’t stop believing
HBO has always merged the ideas of movies and TV to make a unique channel (as you well know, it’s not TV, it’s HBO), and it seems like their eyes are now firmly set on the big screen. Yes, a channel that existed to play big screen movies on the TV, which then began making original TV shows, is now looking to bring many of those shows to the movie theater. Everything comes full circle!
After the success of the Sex and the City movies, HBO has become convinced that their original shows are so good that people will be willing to drop $10.25 to see them at the movies on top of the monthly cable bill. First up is the long rumored The Sopranos movie, which has been murmured about from the moment that Journey song started up and the screen went black on the finale of The Sopranos. Based on all the whining about the finale on the internet, executives probably just dreamed a potential movie up as a way of calming down the hysterical masses. But will a movie ever happen? Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco recently said she is very open to reprising her role for a movie, but that she isn’t sure it will ever materialize. As much as I would love to see one last hurrah for Tony Sopranos and those wacky gangsters, the more time that passes the less likely a movie becomes. At this point it might be more realistic to predict a movie based on that Facebook app Mafia Wars. But if they do make a Sopranos movie, I hope we at least get an uplifting ending like Return of the Jedi, complete with all the characters who were murdered on the show in ghost form, smiling as Tony dances with Ewoks.
The second HBO series looking to make the leap to the big screen is Entourage. How fitting that a show about a movie star would eventually be turned into the movie. Mark Wahlberg (creator/producer of Entourage), currently touring the talk show circuit in support of The Other Guys, seems more interested in getting the Entourage movie made than anything he’s actually appearing in. What would the movie be about? I’m sure it would be about a group of guys who are continuing to live problem-free in Hollywood, hooking up with beautiful women and struggling to find something to do with their time since they never seem to work. You know, kind of like every episode. But a movie would really be worth it for the guest stars! I mean this is a TV show that has had everyone from Val Kilmer to Stan Lee on. That’s a wide net. I have a feeling an Entourage movie could potentially have the biggest number of nonessential cameos ever. And I freely admit I would still get excited and say “Oh look, it’s Jaleel White!” Yeah, in my dream Entourage movie Urkel from Family Matters shows up. It would be great.
Finally there is the long, long, long rumored Arrested Development movie, which never seems to get made but will also never go away. Since before the brilliant show even got canceled fans have been clinging to the idea of a potential movie, and for awhile it seemed like there was only one problem: Michael Cera. Supposedly he wanted to see a script first (like a movie script by the Arrested Development writers would be anything but fantastic), but he seems fully on board now, answering the question over and over again while promoting Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. He’s basically played the same character ever since he left the show, so why not embrace it? With the last of the cast in place, now there’s just the little issue of actually making a movie. The script is apparently in progress, as it has been for 4 years, which means maybe we will get an Arrested Development movie in time to celebrate the show’s 25th Anniversary.