Sex Producer Laments Death of Movie

06/04/2004 at 03:00 PM EDT

Sex Producer Laments Death of Movie
HBO
Kim Cattrall's refusal to appear in a Sex and the City movie may have killed the project – but that hasn't stopped some cast members from suggesting ways to go ahead without her.

The actress' rep said Cattrall, 47, is no longer available on account of scheduling, while other sources blamed Cattrall's desire for script approval and a salary that matched leading star Sarah Jessica Parker.

But because of all the publicity, USA Today reports, the show's executive producer, Michael Patrick King, has been inundated with e-mail from Cattrall's costars offering suggestions how to do the movie – minus Cattrall, who played sexually hyperactive Samantha.

King, who attended an HBO party this week for the news season of Six Feet Under, attempted to remain diplomatic about the turn of events.

"The thing that's the saddest to me," King, 49, tells the paper, "is that the whole movie was for the audience. The series ended with pathos and deep emotion, but this would have been big laughs. Now it will never happen."

Sex and the City actor Willie Garson, 40, who played Carrie's gay pal Stanford, was also at the screening, and he reportedly said: "Out of 11 cast members, only one of us chose to put out a press release. We're heartily disappointed. We miss each other."

In a statement, a spokesperson for Cattrall said: "She would have loved to have done the movie and made a deal to do the movie, but waited as long as possible with no script or start date and felt she had to take other offers that were presented to her after the hold period had passed."

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