Gary Susman
March 06, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Has Carrie Bradshaw really shopped for her last pair of shoes? ”Sex and the City”’s executive producer cast doubt on earlier reports that a ”Sex” movie was in the works that would bring the cast of the HBO series together for one last fling on the big screen.

Michael Patrick King, who was said to be writing a ”Sex” screenplay and planning to make it his feature directing debut, spoke Friday at a panel discussion at the annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, suggesting that he and the other producers and writers didn’t hold any ideas in reserve for a film when they wrapped the series last month. ”Nothing we did in the series was altered to save something for the movie,” King said, according to the Associated Press. ”This is exactly the way we wanted to end the series. We’re proud of what we did.”

However, King did not rule out a film, and an HBO spokesperson told AP on Monday that discussions for a ”Sex” movie are continuing.

”Sex” will still find exposure to a wider audience beyond the HBO subscriber base, even if it’s not on the big screen. It’s going into syndication this summer. ”I am not sad about a larger audience,” said star Sarah Jessica Parker during the panel. ”Part of me is happy that people who could not afford HBO” will now be able to see the series. Of course, you won’t be able to see parts of Kim Cattrall, or hear much of the show’s saltier dialogue, in the basic cable version. After the edits, said writer Cindy Chupack, ”we joke there will be no Samantha.”

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