It's shoe time again, girlfriends

Same four leads, director signed on for New Line's 'Sex and the City 2'

"Sex and the City 2" is taking a huge step closer to becoming a reality. All four principal actresses in the New York-set romantic tale — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — have closed deals with New Line, removing the biggest impediment to a new film.

Writer-director Michael Patrick King also has closed a deal with the studio.

There is no official green light and no start date for the sequel, but the project should come together quickly, and a 2010 offering on the Warner Bros./New Line slate is a strong possibility.

John P. Melfi, King and Parker will reprise their producer roles on the new project.

If there was a steady stream of speculation about plot points for the first picture, it will be a veritable geyser this time, especially because the property's principal relationship, Parker's Carrie Bradshaw and Chris Noth's Mr. Big, was resolved with a wedding at the close of the first film.

King has said he plans to switch up the tone and throw surprises into a potential sequel.

Of the four lead actresses, Parker has the most in development — family and relationship dramedies ranging from "The Late Bloomer's Revolution" to "The Ivy Chronicles" — but now she will turn to a project that has evolved into not only a big television franchise but also a dividend-paying film franchise.

The "Sex" movie made $400 million worldwide and more than $150 million in North America last year, making it the 11th-highest-grossing film at the domestic boxoffice in 2008. (partialdiff)