Date: 9th March 2001
LATEST: The sequel to BASIC INSTINCT is set to be scrapped - because SHARON STONE doesn't want BENJAMIN BRATT as her leading man.
Bratt, currently dating JULIA ROBERTS, got together with the hostile star of the raunchy thriller last week (ends04FEB01), and then embarked on a mammoth session of meetings with the movie's producers and director JOHN McTIERNAN.
Sexy Stone was subsequently given until Wednesday (07MAR01) to say whether or not she wanted him for the role - and according to American showbiz magazine VARIETY, she said no.
McTiernan is also now expected to pull out of the film in order to direct PIERCE BROSNAN in RISK ADDICTION instead. (KW/WNWCAN/RP)