MGM reportedly is on the verge of taking an ice pic to Basic Instinct 2. According to Variety, the sequel to the hit 1992 thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone was to begin rehearsals mid-February with Stone reprising her role as a psycho-novelist. But the film's backers can't seem to agree on a male lead (Douglas wanted no part of the follow-up) and the dispute is threatening to kill the project. Stone's spokesperson, Cindi Berger, insists that her client — who was to receive $15 million for her Basic work — is not throwing in the towel just yet. "As far as I know, Sharon has a deal to make this movie," she tells columnist Liz Smith. "She is away right now training for it. She is excited and ready to go."