Report: Sex and the City Movie Is a Go
updated 07/06/2007 AT 09:15 AM EDT
•originally published 07/05/2007 AT 10:45 AM EDT
Filming on the movie is scheduled to begin in mid-September, TVGuide.com reports, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon all reprising their signature roles.
According to TVGuide.com, New Line Cinema is close to closing a deal to distribute the film in association with HBO, and an official announcement could be made as early as next week.
Rumors of a Sex movie have swirled since the series ended its run on HBO in 2004. In May, Parker, 42, told PEOPLE: "A lot has happened in the past week or so. I'm very hopeful, but there are a lot of people who have to come together."
In June, Parker told PEOPLE she still hadn't read a script, but remained optimistic. "I think it's a great idea and great excuse for us all to be together again," she said. "I really miss the cast, and the people, and the thrill! And I would love an excuse to be shooting on the streets of New York again, just like the old days."
After the show's finale, Cattrall, 50, was reportedly the one cast member not on board for a movie version. But she explained to the UK's Sunday Mail in June: "I thought they would go ahead and do the film without me. But then for it to be said that I was the cause that it wasn't being made was truly horrific. That was not my intention. My intention was to get more money for all of us."
She added: "I felt the only reason to revisit it after finishing it so beautifully would be a fabulous script and a big lump of cash for the actors. Working seven years for a cable TV series is not like doing Friends for NBC. We had all worked our [butts] off. If I was going to do this movie it had to be a retirement situation."
Update: New Line Cinema rep John Smith has confirmed a Variety.com story that reported New Line is near a deal to finance and distribute the film in association with HBO. According to the report, Sex executive producer Michael Patrick King is set to direct a script he wrote.