The on-again, off-again Sex and the City movie to star series regulars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall is now off again, this time because of Cattrall, reports Variety.
On Monday, HBO pulled the plug on the picture’s development process after Cattrall, who for the show’s six years played the sexually active Samantha, made it clear she wouldn’t commit to the project, which was to be written and directed by Michael Patrick King.
“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,” said Cattrall spokeswoman Marvet Britto.
The rep added: “Kim would of course love to do the film and would be happy to revisit the project in the future.”
Variety reports, however, that Cattrall’s declining the movie was not just a matter of scheduling. When King submitted his story for the film, HBO liked his take, but asked the four stars for more time than originally planned to come to a decision about whether to go ahead.
All agreed, except for Cattrall. Variety reports that Cattrall was demanding script approval, which the other actresses did not have. Cattrall was also said to object to Parker’s being paid more than the others should a film move forward, though her request for more money was rejected.
Britto denied there were other reasons for Cattrall’s withdrawal from the project.
Although re-casting Samantha might have been considered, HBO reportedly chose instead to kill the project.