It’s cosmos all around, Sex and the City fans, courtesy of…New Line Cinema! After many months of speculation, on July 4 news leaked that the studio is set to close a deal to fund and distribute the long-delayed SATC movie, which is expected to go into production in New York City this fall. New Line has yet to make a formal announcement, but a spokesperson says the studio is in final talks for a big-screen version of HBO’s hit series that will reunite Sarah Jessica Parker with her trio of glamorous gal pals — Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis — and with the show’s exec producer Michael Patrick King, who will write and direct. (Insiders say King is keeping the top secret script under lock and key, but that all four actresses have read it.) In addition to reprising her role as the couture-crazy Carrie Bradshaw, Parker will share producing duties with King, series EP John Melfi, and creator Darren Star.
To devotees of the Emmy-winning comedy, the news is as sweet as one of those sugary pink cocktails. HBO had originally hoped to put an SATC flick into production following the show’s 2004 finale. But plans soon fell apart when Cattrall pulled out citing scheduling conflicts, though reports said she left after failing to land script approval and a salary on par with Parker’s. Her current agreement does not grant her script approval, but she reportedly scored a development deal with HBO for a future series.
And what about the guys? A rep for Willie Garson (Carrie’s friend Stanford) told EW that no deal is in place, but he heard his client was in the script. Mario Cantone (Charlotte’s wedding planner Anthony) likewise declined to comment, but he openly lists Sex and the City: The Movie as an upcoming project on his website. As for the ladies’ main squeezes, like Chris Noth’s Mr. Big and Evan Handler’s Harry, they too remain mum. We’ll leave it to New Line (which is producing the movie in association with corporate cousin HBO Films) to figure out if the fabulous foursome arrive on the big screen with lovers in tow — or if the guys just aren’t that into being in the movie. In the meantime, here are the results of our recent EW.com poll asking what you make of the return of the Bradshaw. (Additional reporting by Nicole Sperling)