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'Basic Instinct 2'

A decade after an ice pick nearly came between Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas, MGM's troubled follow-up begins production this fall, minus a few Basic ingredients: For starters, Risk Addiction, a noir thriller once penned as a continuation of Paul Verhoeven's 1992 original (which made $400 million worldwide), is ''not a sequel,'' according to producer Gary Lucchesi -- the story has been retooled as a stand-alone. Plans for Stone to reprise her role collapsed in 2001 when she wouldn't approve a new costar (Douglas passed) and fed-up director John McTiernan (The Thomas Crown Affair) pulled out. Stone later filed, and has yet to settle, a $14 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the producers. In this incarnation, helmed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day), Stone's character is replaced by a photographer/murder suspect and Douglas' by a hunky psychologist. Will this one be cast as shrewdly? Let's keep our fingers -- and legs -- crossed.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints