Former HBO chief hopes to adapt hit series

Although former HBO chief Chris Albrecht exited the executive suites in May, he’s not completely gone from the picture.

While Albrecht is expected to resurface in a splashy manner — likely at the helm of a production company that will hatch film and TV with private financing — he has quietly been helping guide the screen version of the HBO series “Sex and the City” to the starting line.

Albrecht’s involvement is unofficial so far because the picture is just in the discussion stage with distributors. When a distrib deal is in place, the company and Albrecht will figure out if he’ll be a credited producer.

The “Sex and the City” film got close to a production start during the height of Albrecht’s exec tenure, but halted reportedly because of a rift among the cast. Fences have since been mended, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon are ready to star in a film scripted and directed by the show’s exec producer, Michael Patrick King.

HBO declined comment.

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