A movie spinoff of the ITV2 reality series set in Dubai is being developed by show bosses, according to The Sun.
Filming may begin within the next few months, with Mark Wright among former stars expected to make a return.
"There have been rumours of a TOWIE film for a while but bosses have now finally talked to the cast about it," an insider said.
"They said that while they are currently concentrating on the new series later this month, the film is something they want to do and it could even kick off as early as this summer.
[TOWIE's Sam Faiers and Joey Essex on a recent holiday in Dubai]
"Dubai would be the perfect place as it is the current hip destination for young Essex boys and girls, and it would be a great sunny location to film in."
A second source said: "It would be more structured than the series, but it would still be about the real stories of the cast and finding out what is going on in their lives."
TOWIE's Gemma Collins claimed claimed that a movie version was already in the works, and that her co-stars Joey Essex and Lucy Mecklenburgh were interested.
The Only Way Is Essex attempted a live episode last year, but it was not well received by critics.
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