We reported in September that the movie was being delayed because cast negotiations have not been finalized, with Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara reportedly holding out for more money. Then, earlier this month, executive producer Mark Wahlberg said the cast members were being "greedy," which lead to Adrian Grenier issuing a response through his Instagram account.
The primary issue reportedly stemmed from the deal Jeremy Piven closed in August, that gave him profit participation points from the movie's back end. Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connolly held out for a share of the back end as well, which Adrian Grenier hinted at in his Instagram statement. It isn't clear how much of a back end percentage each actor will get under these new deals.
Production is now slated to begin sometime in January, when Jeremy Piven is on hiatus from his British TV series Mr. Selfridge. Doug Ellin is directing from his own screenplay, with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson producing under a $30 million budget. The producers reportedly stepped up and closed the deals themselves over the weekend.
No story details have been released, but the movie is rumored to take place six months after the series finale, where Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold landed a job at a major movie studio.