Albrecht: ‘Sex’ Movie Dead; Extra ‘Sopranos’ Episodes Possible

Jul 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Addressing reporters gathered for the semi-annual Television Critics Association’s press tour Thursday, HBO Chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht confirmed media speculation that the planned theatrical version of “Sex and the City” is dead.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation,” Mr. Albrecht said.

Mr. Albrecht said all the show’s principles were contractually committed until development was delayed. “We needed [a contract] extension, and everybody was willing to give us an extension, but one person. And we were not willing to be put in that position.”

Mr. Albrecht confirmed that the “one person” was actress Kim Cattrall.

On “The Sopranos” front, the sixth season will air as expected in 2006. Mr. Albrecht said he’s asked creator David Chase to consider producing more than the planned 10 episodes, especially considering the 1%BD;-year delay before the final season.

“We’ve talked to David about it and he hasn’t said ‘no,'” Mr. Albrecht said.

Regarding the lengthy delay, Mr. Albrecht said: “It’s like the next Harry Potter book. You’ll wait for the sequel and be happy to get it.”

When asked about Showtime’s Wednesday session, Mr. Albrecht expressed irritation with being compared with the other premium pay network and took a shot at Showtime’s Emmy nominations for “The Lion in Winter ” and “The Reagans.”

“They got five [nominations] for one movie that was a word-for-word remake of another movie and seven for a movie they didn’t even make,” he said.