The fabulous foursome who spiced up Manhattan’s singles scene for six years on the HBO television series Sex and the City have been given the green light for a big screen reunion.

According to Reuters, New Line Cinema is close to sealing a final deal to finance and distribute the long-stalled picture, a spokesman for the studio said on Thursday.

The feature film, spun from the show, is set to begin shooting in the fall with all four stars of the hit HBO show – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon – slotted to jump back into their celebrated roles.

It’s expected that the film would arrive in cinemas sometime next year.

Plans for a movie were first revealed by HBO in early 2004, months before the show ended its six-season run.

The show business newspaper Daily Variety reports that the delay was due in some part to Cattrall, who played the sex-obsessed Samantha Jones, asking for a higher salary and creative input.

Variety reports that Cattrall won over with a sweetened offer that included a series deal with HBO.

Reuters reports that a New Line spokesman said it was not immediately clear whether any supporting cast members, such as Chris Noth, would join the film.

The series co-starred Cattrall as the vixen-like public relations executive Samantha Jones; Nixon as hard-boiled lawyer Miranda Hobbes, juggling career with motherhood; and Davis as inveterate optimist Charlotte York, who married her own divorce lawyer after a long search for Mr. Right.

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